A 27-year-old man, already charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, was back in court Monday to face a sixth count of first degree sexual assault.
Christopher Ennis has now been formally charged with six counts of first degree sexual assault, one count attempted sexual assault, and one count of strangulation. At the arraignment hearing Monday a judge set his bond at $250,000. That is on top of an already $3 million he stacked up from his previous arraignments.
The cases date back to 2009, but it wasn't until he allegedly raped a woman on September 9, 2013 that all of the cases were tied together. The 37-year-old victim told WOWT 6 News that she was walking home when a man grabbed her from behind and threw her in his car. She said he drove to a secluded, wooded area, near 27th and Wirt Streets, where she was strangled, lost consciousness and raped.
The most recent charge filed against Ennis took place in September 2011. The victim reported the incident in the area of 24th and Pratt.
In the case of serial rapists, as Christopher Ennis is alleged to be, there is a worry that more victims are out there.
Emergency and Rescue services, such as youth Emergency Services (YES), are encouraging victims to come forward.
Tasha Craig helps victims of sexually abuse and assault nearly everday at YES. She is based in an undisclosed shelter for woment to go to if they need help. Craig told WOWT 6 News it is smart for victims to report their abuse to someone. "They don’t want others to be in the situation they're in and the best thing they can do is come forward," she explained.
Craig said it is likely, not everyone has yet to come forward. "Absolutely there are more out there – these offenders target people who are vulnerable. They need to know that its okay to go to other people and talk about it and continue with the stigma oh I was raped – there are more people out there that have been in this situation than people think,” she said.
Prosecutors have said DNA from rape kids linked Ennis to the crimes.