Rapist sentenced to 15 years in prison after fleeing to the United States
A rapist who attempted to elude prosecution by fleeing to the United States has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Following a trial at Glasgow’s High Court last month, Kim Avis was found guilty of raping three of his victims and sexually assaulting a fourth, according to the Crown Office.
The 57-year-old was found guilty of 14 counts in total, most of which occurred in Inverness between 2006 and 2017, including a charge of failing to appear at a previous trial date after fleeing to the United States.
When Avis appeared in the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, he was sentenced to prison after being extradited from the United States to face the allegations.
The US Marshals Service apprehended Avis, an Inverness resident, in Colorado Springs on July 2019.
He had gone for a swim at Monastery Beach in Carmel, California, in February of that year and had been reported missing.
He was later determined to be on bail in Scotland, according to investigators.
“This has been a challenging and complex inquiry for all those involved,” said Fraser Gibson, prosecutor fiscal for sexual offences in the High Court. I’d want to congratulate the victims on their courage in coming forward.
“Kim Avis went to considerable measures to avoid facing the consequences of his acts. He was brought to justice and convicted today thanks to the efforts of police and prosecutors who collaborated with US law enforcement.
“As this case demonstrates, we successfully and fairly punish sexual crimes. I would strongly advise anyone who has been a victim of such crimes to report it to the authorities and seek help.”
Avis was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual offenses and three years in prison for failing to appear in court.
“I welcome Kim Avis’, otherwise known as Kim Gordon’s, conviction,” said Detective Inspector Caine McIntyre of Police Scotland’s domestic abuse task group.
“I’d want to take this time to express my gratitude to the victims/survivors in this case for their bravery, resilience, and dignity throughout the inquiry and subsequent court proceedings.
“I’d like to take this chance to reach out to you as well. (This is a brief piece.)