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Prosecutors in Fairbanks, Alaska said they won’t reopen a rape case against Daniel Selovich after his victim died. (Picture: AP)

A convicted sex predator with distinctive face tattoos will not stand trial in a horrific case because his victim died, prosecutors said.

On Thursday, the Fairbanks district attorney announced it will not reopen an ‘extremely frustrating’ 2015 rape and kidnapping case against Daniel Selovich, 37, who legally changed his name to ‘Pirate’ in 2013.

Selovich was charged with picking up a woman at the Fairbanks, Alaska airport and taking her to a remote cabin where he allegedly raped and tortured her for five weeks.

The victim told police Selovich duct taped her to himself at night so she could not escape and threatened to cut her face off. She also said he put a rope around her neck and tied it to a support beam on the roof of the cabin.

However, the case against Selovich was dismissed in July 2016 after the woman died. The then-district attorney said the woman was a ‘necessary witness’ to the case, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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Selovich has recently been spotted around Fairbanks, Alaska, sparking public concern. (Picture: Facebook)

The recent review of the case was conducted ‘in response to citizens’ concerns,’ according to Fairbanks district attorney Joe Dallaire said.

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Alaskan residents were shocked by the horrific details of the case in 2015 and have reported seeing Selovich around Fairbanks, prompting public outrage – likely because Selovich was sentenced to five years in prison in July 2018 for a different sex attack.

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After Selovich’s case in Fairbanks fell through, he was extradited to Las Vegas, Nevada to face charges related to a cold case rape in 2004.

He was originally indicted on one count of sexual assault after authorities said he broke into a woman’s hotel room, raped her and beat her with a belt in February 2004, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Selovich was taken into custody questioned by police after the woman reported the attack, but he was released later that day.

After Selovich’s case in Alaska was dismissed, he was extradited back to Las Vegas in 2017 because authorities linked his DNA to the motel case.

He was found guilty of sexually motivated coercion after he took a plea deal that required him only to admit prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him, but he never admitted his guilt.

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Days after Selovich took the plea deal, the victim in the Las Vegas case died after she was hit by a car, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jake Villani said.

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Selovich’s short stay in a Las Vegas prison was not the first time he went to jail for a violent sex crime.

In December 2014, a woman said she was raped by a stranger who approached her under a bridge in Redding, California, but the case initially went unsolved.

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Selochich, shown here without his facial tattoos, was arrested in New Mexico and charged with the Redding rape case.

He was arrested in Florida in 2007 for unspecified charges. While in custody, his DNA was taken and it matched the 2004 rape case, but he was never arrested, according to the Redding Record Searchlight. 

Selovich was arrested in New Mexico in 2010 for the Redding rape case and pleaded no contest to the charges. He was then sentenced to four years in prison.

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Now, years later, Selovich is free again and many residents of Fairbanks, Alaska are not happy to see him back.

It is unclear how Selovich was released so soon after his five-year sentence. He has recently been spotted in Fairbanks and on local dating websites, using the name ‘Raven Bushmaster.’

Jody Potts, a mother in Fairbanks who worked with law enforcement for 10 years, told the Anchorage Daily News: ‘People want to chase him out of town. But really he’s a problem wherever he goes.’

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Mo Duncan, another Fairbanks resident with a cabin near the area where Selovich allegedly committed the heinous 5-week sex attack, said she spotted Selovich at McDonald’s recently.

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Duncan said she took Selovich’s photo and called him a ‘serial rapist’ in front of other customers, later admitting, ‘It was a little out of line. I understand that.’

‘But I also believe we need to confront these people and let them know we see them,’ Duncan said.

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