Flint rape investigation could involve hundreds of victims
FLINT, Mich. – Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has confirmed an ongoing investigation into multiple cases of sexual assault possibly involving hundreds of victims.
Leyton said Gilbert Conway, 60, of Flint, has been arraigned on 77 charges in connection with the rape of six women between 2009 and 2018, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and felonies.
An initial police investigation of Conway’s home led to the discovery of over 500 video cassettes containing scenes of rape.
The discovery led Leyton to believe Conway could be responsible for dozens, if not hundreds of victims’ attacks over several years.
To aid in the investigation, Leyton went before the Genesee County Board of Commissioners on Monday asking for $15,000-$20,000 in aid in transferring the footage from video cassette to DVD.
The commission approved the expense using county general fund money.
After the transfer of footage is complete, the Flint Police Department and the FBI will examine the videos as part of their ongoing investigation.
"We believe he video tapes the sex assaults while he commits them. Once we view them, we are going to try and identify additional victims. We're going to try to reach out to those victims if we can identify them and were going to try and take statements from them and see that they were victimized," said Leyton.
Leyton adds that while going over the found footage presents a resource challenge, he has not yet reached out to the state for help.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office will be contacted if further resources are needed.
If convicted, Conway could face life in prison for the charges against him.
Due to the number of possible victims, police are asking anyone who feels they may have been a victim of Conway's to come forward.