'Mall rapist' gets 180 years

/ Source: The Associated Press

A man was sentenced Wednesday to 180 years in federal prison for videotaping himself and a second man sexually assaulting two young girls, behavior the judge called horrific and depraved.

James D. Perry, 34, who faces separate state charges for a string of sexual attacks at malls, tearfully apologized. But a relative of one victim told the court: “There is no suffering that will possibly be good enough for what he has done.”

U.S. District Judge John Shabaz gave Perry the maximum sentence on six felony counts for child exploitation. Prosecutor Paul Connell said Perry’s victims “can go to sleep tonight knowing he’s never going to leave prison.”

State charges accuse Perry in a string of sexual assaults and attempted rapes dating to the 1990s. Dane County prosecutors charged him with 41 felony counts last week after a five-year hunt for the so-called “mall rapist.” Prosecutors say he targeted female mall workers, accosting them as they worked alone in their stores or in mall parking lots.

Madison police said they also are investigating videotapes they found showing Perry using a small hand-held video camera to record himself masturbating around young children in dozens of stores in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Labels on the recordings include cities in Wisconsin such as Green Bay, Ashwaubenon and Racine, and the Illinois communities of Schaumburg, DeKalb and Fox Lake.

No charges have been filed because police so far have not been able to identify any of the victims.

The felony counts in federal court stemmed from videotapes Perry made of himself and Thomas Redeker of New York assaulting two young girls. Connell said investigators found more than 120 recordings showing the girls being repeatedly assaulted.

Perry and Redeker allegedly met in a Madison hotel room. Shabaz described Perry as a “pimp” for Redeker, who has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child in New York federal court.