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Rape Suspect

Bay County investigators say they plan to talk to a rape suspect about a string of unsolved local child molestations that began 10 years ago.

31-year-old Erik Thomas Knapp is accused of kidnapping and raping two girls, one-aged 13, and the other seven.

The attacks happened in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Knapp had been living in Bay County off and on for a number of years, dating back to 1995 when the first of the so-called "Callaway Creeper" attacks occurred.

At that time, a man broke into a Callaway area home, molested a young girl and then fled.

It happened three times in 1995, once in 1996 and once in 1997.

Knapp is in the Charlotte County Jail and there’s no word yet on when Bay County deputies will travel to South Florida to talk with him.


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