Knowing Jackson will spend life behind bars, prosecutors dismiss pending cases against so-called Waldo Rapist

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Tuesday that the remaining rape cases and other felony charges pending against the so-called “Waldo Rapist” will be dismissed, now that his conviction ensures he will remain in prison for the rest of his life.

Bernard Jackson is serving 18 consecutive life sentences, 14 of which are life without parole because of his status as a persistent sexual offender. Those cases, involving home invasion and sexual assaults between July 1983 and February 1984, have now withstood legal appeals.

“We are in agreement with the victims in these cases that justice has been served, knowing that Jackson will spend the rest of his life in prison,“ Baker said.

In May 2011, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office filed an additional 22 felony counts involving other home invasions and sexual assaults in 2009 and 2010. In those cases, as well as the 1983 and 1984 incidents, Jackson’s victims were in the Waldo area of Kansas City.

All remaining victims in those cases have been contacted by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

A statement from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said victim advocates discussed the possibility of dismissing the remaining felony cases. All of the victims were happy with the dismissals, the statement said, because they knew Jackson is assured to remain in prison and they will not have to endure a trial.

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