Accused serial rapist found guilty

April 22, 2009 9:12:03 AM PDT
Residents in Acres Homes say they are breathing a sigh of relief, the result of a man found guilty of rape.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Bilford Dwight Junious, 38, was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual assault. He's accused of raping eight other women between 2002 and 2006. The jury will now consider his punishment for the aggravated sexual assault.

We spoke with residents of Acres Homes and they told us the area was tormented by violent crimes during that time, but they said with the conviction of Junious, they darker days seem to have been put to rest.

The dance class is full at the Acres Homes multi-service center and for one long-time resident of the area, it's a perfect ending to a day that brought some comforting news.

"What a relief this morning. When I saw that on the news, I said, 'Thank God,'" said resident Glenda Brown.

She is referring to the conviction of Junious who was a suspect in nine sexual assaults of the Acres Homes area over the last seven years. For residents, memories of those days have not faded.

"That was a scary feeling. I was scared to go outside. Try to be in the house before dark. Pray that he won't come in your house," said Audrey Caldwell.

Brown was equally scared, saying, "You were afraid to go anywhere because you weren't sure who it was or where it was because it was happening all around us.

During the years of the sexual assaults, at least six bodies were discovered in the area. However, Junious was never accused of the murders and residents disagreed whether his arrest had anything to do with the murders stopping.

"Since he's been in jail, it seems like everything has come to a standstill," said Caldwell.

Jocasta Conyer-Johnson disagrees, "Whoever it is that is doing this, I think they're going to try again. I don't think that Mr. Junious was a serial killer."

For some residents, Junious' rape conviction is enough.

"Everybody is going back to their normal life and it's peaceful again," said Brown.

It's one reason for Brown to dance with a little less fear.

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