Victim, DA head to court over release of rapist

Victim, DA head to court over release of rapist »Play Video
Tiffany Edens said she does not like to think about her attacker being released from prison.

SALEM, Ore. – A rape victim on Wednesday planned to appear in a Marion County court to try to stop the release this month of a serial rapist who attacked her in 1986.

Tiffany Edens and the Multnomah County District Attorney are suing the state parole board because of its decision to release Richard Gillmore, known as the "Jogger Rapist." The suit is a first for the district attorney.

Edens said she was repeatedly denied opportunities to protest his release.

Prosecutors said Gillmore terrorized Southeast Portland between 1979 and 1981, selecting victims while he was out jogging and then returning to attack them in the dark when he knew they were alone.

Edens was just 13 and alone in her Multnomah County home when Gillmore broke inside and attacked her. A judge sentenced him to at least 30 years in prison in 1987 after considering six other rapes that police suspected Gillmore of committing but for which he could not be charged because of the statute of limitations.

Edens was just 13 and alone in her Multnomah County home when Gillmore broke inside and attacked her. A judge sentenced him to at least 30 years in prison in 1987 after considering six other rapes that police suspected Gillmore of committing but for which he could not be charged because of the statute of limitations.

But a few months after his sentencing, the state parole board reduced the sentence. Edens said her family didn't know about the hearing.

Her mom had even written a letter requesting notification of any such hearing.

The parole board later sent Eden's family a response, saying they weren't notified because Gillmore's name was misspelled on their request.

Last fall, the current parole board decided Gillmore had shown positive changes.

According to a transcript, a member of the parole board told Gillmore:

"...We're fully aware that Dr. (Frank) Colistro was very concerned about your potential for recidivism ... and we listened very carefully to everything you've said, and we have decided that we can take a risk with you."

Edens doesn't want to consider the possibility that Gillmore will actually be released.

"It's something I don't like to think about," she said. "It's not comforting for me."

Edens plans to appeal if a judge rules against her.

The state parole board will not comment on this case because it involves a pending lawsuit.