Winthrop University Police Make Arrest in Rape Case

Police at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, believe they have solved a year-old rape case.

Daniel Gaynor, 30, of Rock Hill was arrested on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping stemming from the September 2002 assault of a female student on campus. Police believe that Gaynor was armed with a knife.

Police became interested in Gaynor as a suspect after he was arrested on charges of exposing himself while driving next to a van carrying members of a high school volleyball team. Gaynor has also been charged with exposing himself to a 14-year-old girl while she waited for a school bus.

Winthrop University Chief of Police Frank Zebedis, a member of the CSJ Advisory Council, told CSJ that his staff, city police and county sheriffs collaborated in the investigation, and that he was confident in the suspectís guilt due to physical evidence collected at the crime scene.