RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – An alleged rapist is now off the streets and facing charges in both Richmond and Chesterfield. Khiry Gaines is accused of raping a young girl and an adult woman in two separate cases.
Gaines is in custody at the Riverside Regional Jail. He was arrested for a rape in Chesterfield County. Now that he's behind bars, Richmond authorities can move forward with their case.
The alleged abuse of Gaines' youngest victim dates back to 2008 and continued until spring of this year, according to police. A Richmond detective said Gaines had easy access to the girl, who was just eleven when the abuse started. She said he is the nephew of her mother's girlfriend and often stayed at their house. The three indictments handed down by the grand jury this month include aggravated sexual battery and rape.
According to that detective, the family only learned of the abuse in late September when the child's mother uncovered inappropriate Facebook messages.
Safe Harbor's Angela Verdery said that delay in reporting is not uncommon.
"I think it's really hard for kids and really confusing for kids - confusing for anyone who experiences any sort of sexual violence to come forward with their story, especially when it comes at the hands of someone that you know," she explained.
Wednesday, Gaines was arrested for an alleged rape of a Chesterfield woman that occurred at the end of October. In that case according to police, the investigation indicates the adult victim woke up to Gaines having sex with her and the two knew each other. Here again, police said Gaines had easy access, as he was dating the victim's roommate.
"We don't want to think that these things happen," Verdery said. "Our worlds are much easier if they don't."
Police explained the timing of the charges and indictments in the separate cases is just a coincidence.
The Richmond detective told NBC12 more indictments are expected as their case continues to evolve.