Judge allows cases against accused Clayton County serial rapist to move forward

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A Clayton County magistrate judge has found probable cause in the cases against an alleged serial rapist.

Kenneth Bowen was arrested last month on seven counts of rape and one count of sexual battery. Police obtained a warrant when his DNA was a match, they say, in all eight cases. Most of the attacks took place within a 2-mile radius of his home.

The crimes happened at area apartment complexes over several years. Detective screened "suspicious person" 911 calls and Bowen‘s name surfaced, they said. 

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It was through social media searches that they saw a picture of the 24-year-old. His face, detailed investigators, matched the sketches put together by three victims and a GBI forensic artist. 

They were able to get a warrant for Bowen's DNA.

Detectives say it matched victim rape kits.

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Bowen remained unemotional as the graphic details of the attacks were read in court.  

Detectives say in each case, the woman's cell phone was taken so she couldn't call for help. Some of the women had children in their homes and even in their beds during the assaults. One victim, say police, was 9 months pregnant and complied because she didn't want her baby harmed. 

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Bowen is being held in the Clayton County jail without bond.