(Memphis) His attacks spanned nearly a decade, but Tuesday the man called the "Cordova Serial Rapist" pleaded guilty to raping 7 women.
Anthony Alliano, age 42, pleaded guilty to a series of aggravated rapes, one rape of a child, and multiple aggravated sexual batteries.
He was sentenced to 178 years in front of several of his victims.
"To have someone sentenced to 178 years is justice sweet justice," Rachel Johnson said.
Watching her rapist Anthony Alliano plead guilty to raping her and six other women was the moment Rachel Johnson had waited for.
"That was huge closure," she said.
In court Tuesday, for the first time Rachel got to meet the other women who lived her same nightmare.
One of the women was just 12-years-old when Alliano attacked her.
"It was scary how similar it was, and this is going back to the girls who were 12 to 16 at the time 9 to 10 years ago, down to the use of the mask, to the use of mask, the knife he had prepared he had stalked all of us as victims and that became even more evident today talking to them," she said.
She called Tuesday's sentencing hearing therapeutic, "It gave me a lot of peace."
She didn't speak on the stand, but said her fellow victims passionately did, "She said I forgive you. You now have to live with this."
Rachel was Alliano's 6th rape victim and it was her attack that landed Alliano behind bars.
He stole her credit card after raping her in a closet.
He was later identified after surveillance video captured him using her card at Walmart.
"You go through the why me phase. Why me? What did I do? And this is why. I get to be part of saving so many lives," she said.
Rachel's also thankful that by sharing her story with News Channel 3 last September a 7th victim came forward.
"She called police and said test my rape kit and see if this is matching DNA to this guy and it was. So, our news story, me coming out brought her out and now she was able to sit in there today and get that closure," she said.
For other victims of other violent crimes she has this message to them.
"Hang in there and it will make you one heck of a strong person," she said.
The District Attorney General's Office released the following statement about Alliano's attacks.
They said there was DNA found at all the scenes that linked him to the rapes.
On May 21, 2003, a 12-year-old girl was asleep at her home in the 1500 block of Beaver
She was awakened when Alliano, wearing a mask and armed with a knife, threatened to stab her before he forced her into a bedroom.
The child was raped and then moved to a second room where she was raped again before Alliano fled the scene.
The victim was treated for injuries she sustained during the attack and forensic evidence, including DNA samples, was collected. Alliano was sentenced to twenty-five (25) years for one (1) count of rape of a child with no possibility of parole.
On June 9th, 2005, a woman was asleep in her home in the 7400 block of Baker’s Glenn.
She awoke to find Alliano in her bedroom. Alliano covered her face with a pillow, strangled her, beat her about the face and head and threatened her with a knife. The victim was sexually assaulted before Alliano fled taking with him money and a personal check. The woman was treated for face and head injuries and a puncture wound to her hand. Investigators collected evidence including DNA samples from the scene. Alliano was sentenced to twelve (12) years each on two (2) counts of attempted aggravated rape, twelve (12) years each on two (2) counts of aggravated sexual battery with no possibility of parole and twelve (12) years for aggravated robbery.
On New Year’s Day 2010, a woman was asleep in her home when Alliano came into her
room. He covered her head with a ski mask and raped her. After the rape, he demanded that she run water in the bathroom shower and while she ran the water, he fled the scene. The woman was treated at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center where DNA evidence was collected and submitted to the TBI forensics lab. Alliano was sentenced to twenty-five (25) years each for two (2) counts of aggravated rape with no possibility of parole and six (6) years for aggravated burglary.
On June 29, 2010 a woman was asleep in her home on Oak Springs Drive. She was
awakened when Alliano covered her head with clothing. He forced her upstairs at knife-point and then raped her. He took a credit card from her and fled the scene. The woman was examined at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center where DNA evidence was collected and submitted to TBI. Alliano was sentenced to twenty-five (25) years each for two (2) counts of aggravated rape with no parole and twelve (12) years each for attempted aggravated rape, twelve (12) years with no parole for aggravated sexual battery and six (6) years each for two (2) counts of aggravated burglary.
On July 10th, 2010, a woman was asleep in her home in the 900 block of Bonniebrow in
the Cordova area. She was awakened by Alliano.
He covered her face with a shirt and bound her wrists. Alliano struck her in the face, threatened her with a knife and repeatedly attempted to rape her. He eventually fled the scene with cash belonging to the victim.
The woman was examined and treated at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center where forensic evidence was collected, including DNA samples. Alliano was sentenced to twelve (12) years each on two (2) counts of attempted aggravated rape, twelve (12) years with no parole on two (2) counts of aggravated sexual battery and six (6) years for aggravated burglary.