CRIME

Ex-convict Alex Kelly, tabloids' 1980s 'preppy rapist,' builds career as skydive instructor

  • In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, parachuters land at Ellington Airport in Ellington, Conn. Alex Kelly, man who gained international infamy as the “preppy rapist” has found a career since his release from prison as a Connecticut-based skydiving instructor. Kelly spent six years with Connecticut Parachutists Inc., in Ellington before the company asked him to resign last year over what company officials describe as erratic behavior. He recently bought a plane and is preparing to open his own Connecticut-based parachuting business. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, parachuters land at Ellington Airport in Ellington, Conn. Alex Kelly, man who gained international infamy as the “preppy rapist” has found a career since his release from prison as a Connecticut-based skydiving instructor. Kelly spent six years with Connecticut Parachutists Inc., in Ellington before the company asked him to resign last year over what company officials describe as erratic behavior. He recently bought a plane and is preparing to open his own Connecticut-based parachuting business. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, parachuters walk toward a jump plane at Ellington Airport in Ellington, Conn. Alex Kelly worked for six years for Connecticut Parachutists Inc., headquartered at the airport, and rose to president of the organization before being asked to resign in 2014. Officials of the skydiving club said Kelly is trying to buy airport, which would give him control over the club’s lease. Kelly became known as the “preppy rapist” after living as a fugitive in Europe before surrendering in 1995. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, parachuters walk toward a jump plane at Ellington Airport in Ellington, Conn. Alex Kelly worked for six years for Connecticut Parachutists Inc., headquartered at the airport, and rose to president of the organization before being asked to resign in 2014. Officials of the skydiving club said Kelly is trying to buy airport, which would give him control over the club’s lease. Kelly became known as the “preppy rapist” after living as a fugitive in Europe before surrendering in 1995. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, parachuters walk toward the jump area at Ellington Airport in Ellington, Conn. Alex Kelly worked for six years for Connecticut Parachutists Inc., headquartered at the airport, and rose to president of the organization before being asked to resign in 2014. Officials of the skydiving club said Kelly is trying to buy airport, which would give him control over the club’s lease. Kelly became known as the “preppy rapist” after living as a fugitive in Europe before surrendering in 1995. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, parachuters walk toward the jump area at Ellington Airport in Ellington, Conn. Alex Kelly worked for six years for Connecticut Parachutists Inc., headquartered at the airport, and rose to president of the organization before being asked to resign in 2014. Officials of the skydiving club said Kelly is trying to buy airport, which would give him control over the club’s lease. Kelly became known as the “preppy rapist” after living as a fugitive in Europe before surrendering in 1995. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

The man who gained international infamy as the "preppy rapist" has found a career since his release from prison as a Connecticut-based skydiving instructor.

Alex Kelly was a high school wrestling star in Darien, Connecticut, in 1986 when he was accused of two rapes. As his trial was about to start he fled to Europe, where he lived an adrenaline-filled life of skiing and hang gliding for eight years on the lam.

After surrendering he was convicted in 1997 and spent a decade in prison.

Now 48, Kelly spent six years with Connecticut Parachutists Inc., in Ellington before the company asked him to resign last year over what company officials describe as erratic behavior.

He recently bought a plane and is preparing to open his own Connecticut-based parachuting business.