Alleged Kansas City Rapist Charged With 12th Attack

A man accused of committing a string of rapes 20 years ago near a popular bar and entertainment district was charged with another Monday, bringing the total to 12.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Shy Bland, 50, with aggravated forcible sodomy, attempted forcible rape and aggravated forcible rape in connection with the Jan. 25, 1986, attack.

Authorities charged Bland in July 2005 with 33 counts related to 11 rapes in Kansas City's Westport area, saying old DNA evidence linked him to the crimes. The rapes occurred between April 1985 and August 1986.

Bland already was behind bars after he was sentenced in 1987 to 115 years for rape and seven other charges involving one case in Westport. He was denied parole during a hearing this spring.

Prosecutors said Bland stalked most of his victims, breaking into their homes through unlocked windows or doors attired in a ski mask and carrying a knife. Money and jewelry were taken from some of the victims.