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Chesnee man sentenced for 2012 serial rapes

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Rodney Davis (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Rodney Davis (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

A Chesnee man was sentenced on Thursday to four decades in prison for a series of armed sex attacks in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties in 2012.

Rodney Maurice Davis Jr., 20, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree burglary, carjacking, obtaining property by false pretenses, petty larceny and pointing and presenting a firearm, according to the solicitor Barry Barnette.

"Rodney Davis terrorized the community with his calculated acts of violence," Barnette said. "I hope the community can rest easier knowing he is going to be behind bars for a long time."

In September of 2012 Davis would knock on the doors to women's homes and ask to use the bathroom, then rape them, he admitted in a police interview.

He also told investigators that he broke into one victim's home in Seminole Trail and sexually assaulted a woman after asking to use the telephone.

Another victim fought back against Davis when he was attacking her and was able to scare him off.

Barnette said the gun used in the attacks was stolen from his girlfriend's mother, and he sold it to a pawn shop before he was arrested.

A police-drawn sketch led to deputies identifying Davis as a suspect. Victims were also able to identify him in a photo lineup.

Davis will have to serve 80 percent of his prison sentence before he is eligible for release.

Barnette said the mental illness specification of the plea does not affect the length of the prison sentence, but Davis will be treated for mental illness while in prison.

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