Former UC Berkeley employee, ‘NorCal Rapist’ suspect charged with 5 new counts

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The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office filed an amended complaint that added five more charges against Roy Charles Waller, a serial rapist suspect and former safety specialist in the UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health and Safety, on Thursday.

Waller was a positive match for the DNA profile of the NorCal Rapist and was linked directly to a sexual assault that occurred in Sacramento in 2006. He was arrested on suspicion of being the NorCal Rapist in September 2018.

The NorCal Rapist has now been linked to nine victims in six counties, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office communications and media officer Shelly Orio.

The five new counts relate to two victims from a 1997 incident in Davis, according to Orio. The new counts allege an additional rape and aggravated kidnapping charges.

“In my mind, this is overreaching. The aggravated kidnapping carries a life sentence,” said Waller’s defense attorney Joseph Farina. “He already faces a lot of time, there is no need to add kidnapping charges.”

The District Attorney’s office has set an additional proceedings date for May 31 and a tentative preliminary hearing date for June 26, according to Orio.

Farina said Waller intends to plead not guilty.

Alexandra Casey is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @acasey_dc.