Accused serial rapist charged with exposing himself to 2 female inmates

Cary Ashby • Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 4:10 PM

A suspected serial rapist is accused of exposing himself to two different female inmates at the Huron County Jail. 

McClain L. Durst, 29, of Sandusky, was served with two warrants for public indecency Friday. Court records indicate one of the fourth-degree misdemeanors is in connection with a March 6 incident.

“It is alleged that inmate Durst exposed himself to two different female inmates. These incidents occurred as each inmate was being processed into the Huron County Jail. These incidents were not on the same date. Each victim came forward to express their concern,” Lt. Chris Stanfield said in a prepared statement.

Authorities began an investigation as a result of the individual complaints. 

“The allegations were supported by jail video,” Stanfield said.

All the reports and footage surrounding the suspected events were forwarded to the Norwalk Law Director’s Office for the consideration of charges. Durst was served with the warrants Friday.

“Inmate Durst was being held in the booking area of the jail at the time of the incidents. The actions taken by inmate Durst were not in view of the on-duty correctional officers,” Stanfield said.

As a result of the suspected incidents, authorities transported Durst to the Sandusky County Jail, but he was returned to the local facility Friday. 

Durst has been in the local jail since July 22 on charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning, both in connection with a July 20 incident in Clarksfield Township. Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Bill Duncan has said Durst is accused of traveling to West Clarksfield and committing a “forceful sexual act” with a girl and he might have committed a similar crime earlier that day in Bellevue.

In late January, a Huron County grand jury indicted Durst on one count each of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Prosecutor James Joel Sitterly earlier said the alleged victim is a juvenile and is a different one from the other allegation. Durst’s trial date is May 1.

Durst has another pending rape case in Sandusky County. This case stems from a suspected rape in the 300 block of Seneca Parkway on Oct. 14, 2015. Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson has been assigned as a special prosecutor due to a conflict of interest.

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