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Self-proclaimed 'serial rapist' heading to trial

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 22:43:00-04

JACKSON, Mich. — A 37-year-old Spring Arbor Township man faces multiple felonies pertaining to sexual assault, home invasion and unlawful imprisonment.

William Anthony Akin was bound over Tuesday for trial in Jackson County Circuit Court for 12 felonies related to accusations that he met women on the Plenty of Fish dating app, sexually assaulted them and tried to hold them captive.

Michigan State Police Det. Sgt. David Stamler said Tuesday police believe Akin targeted at least six women in Michigan with the app, possibly more.

“We’re presuming there are others,” Stamler said. “If there are, we certainly hope they come forward.”

A cash bond for Akin was set at $500,000 in July.

He’s currently being housed in the Jackson County Jail.

It was unclear Tuesday afternoon when Akin could appear in circuit court.

His preliminary exam was held Tuesday in Jackson’s 12th District Court.

According to police records, Akin told one of the women, that "he gets what he wants and he does not take no for an answer and that is how he is."

He also told the woman he "is a serial rapist and would come over and rape her," according to police records.

Anyone who was approached by Akin online is encouraged to contact the Michigan State Police at 517-780-4580.

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