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Posted on Tue. Nov. 20, 2012 - 12:05 am EDT

‘Habitual’ tag, prison sought for rapist

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Allen County prosecutors intend to treat convicted rapist Brian Mast as a habitual offender.

Mast, 46, was arrested in September on charges of criminal confinement and escape. He had been released from prison in late August after serving a lengthy prison sentence for a 1989 rape.

During a hearing Monday in Allen Superior Court, prosecutors said they want to file information accusing Mast of being a habitual offender. If Mast is convicted of being a habitual offender, it can effectively double a prison sentence.

He was arrested in September after he locked himself in his motel room and refused to come out for police.

Mast, who was living at the Traveler’s Inn in the 4600 block of East Washington Boulevard, was armed with his roommate’s box cutter. His roommate, Donald Seager, 49, told police he was unable to leave the room and was “a little scared” about Mast’s rants about hating child molesters.

Seager is a registered sex offender, having been convicted of criminal deviate conduct in 1997.

According to court documents, Mast was visiting with other residents at the motel about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 18 and was drinking. He became argumentative with people and demanded a knife so he could cut off his ankle monitor and leave.

Eventually police were called, and after arguing with them for a few minutes, Mast let them into his room and was taken into custody, according to court documents.

Mast has been in and out of prison and the Allen County jail repeatedly in recent years since Indiana’s Court of Appeals overturned his 1989 guilty plea to charges of rape. He was accused of stabbing and raping a woman inside her Fort Wayne home. The court ordered a new trial after concerns were raised about Mast’s mental health at the time of his original guilty plea.

Originally sentenced to 30 years in prison, Mast served much of the time, having received little to no time cut off his sentence for good behavior.

In late 2010, Mast pleaded guilty to the original charge of rape, again, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, most of which he had already served, and five years on probation. Unable to comply with the terms of his probation, Mast was returned to prison in January to finish out the sentence.

Mast requested a speedy trial in the new case. Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck set a trial date for early January.

rgreen@jg.net


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