Comments on rapist's parole request due by June 6
- Mara Stine
- Gresham Outlook - News
Wednesday, June 6, is the last day to comment on a parole request made by Richard Troy Gillmore, a serial rapist who terrorized East Multnomah County in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gillmore, 52, was called the 'Jogger Rapist' because he hunted, stalked and raped his victims while out jogging.
A hearing for his latest request for parole is on Wednesday, June 13, before the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
All comments will become part of Gillmore's public record, which means Gillmore and the media will get a copy of them. If confidentiality is a concern, don't include an address or phone number.
June 6 is also the deadline by which the public must apply to attend Gillmore's parole hearing, set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. To apply, call 503-945-0902.
His victims - nine in total, including two girls who were just 13 when he broke into their homes and raped them - oppose his release. They say he's a manipulative, dangerous pedophile who belongs behind bars.
Gillmore, however, in his parole plan, describes himself as a Christian capable of being a responsible and law-abiding citizen thanks to self-help books, support groups and prison treatment programs.
Two psychologists who evaluated Gillmore in March also disagree on whether he is still dangerous and should remain in prison.
And two of his victims insist he remains a danger and must stay behind bars. However, due to new parole board rules, Colleen Kelly and Danielle Tudor do not meet the revised definition of victim because Gillmore was not convicted of their rapes, only that of 13-year-old Tiffany Edens.
Edens is the only victim Gillmore was convicted of raping in 1986.
Although he admitted to the other rapes, they were too old to prosecute under what was then Oregon's three-year statute of limitations.
A judge, however, took the other victims into consideration when he sentenced Gillmore to a maximum of 60 years in prison with a minimum of 30 years. But the parole board a year later cut his minimum sentence prison sentence in half, making him eligible for parole in 2001.
Kelly and Tudor testified at his 2010 parole hearing. An administrative rule changing the state's definition of victim went into effect later that year, preventing them from testifying this time around.
Tudor, now 49, was 17 when Gillmore broke into her East Multnomah County home and raped her in 1979. Kelly, now 45, was 13 when Gillmore raped her in her home.