'Night Stalker' Charged in Elderly Rapes

'Gerontophile' attacked women as old as 93
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2009 3:56 AM CST

(Newser) – A Londoner has been busted for a host of crimes, including rape, targeting the elderly over the last 17 years. Delroy Grant, 52, appears in court today to face 11 charges of rape, burglary and indecent assault. But police believe he is responsible for some 108 crimes, striking as often as 5 times in a single night. Grant is charged with attacking victims from the age of 63 to 93.

Investigators believe he is a gerontophile—someone who enjoys sex with the elderly, reports the Times of London. Despite his horrific assaults, the attacker behaved in an “almost childlike manner” when spoken to firmly by his victims, say police. When women said his mother would be upset by his crimes, he would flee, according to detectives. Grant cares for his wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and two teenage sons. A neighbor described him as a "nice, normal guy."