NC man described as serial rapist sentenced to at least 28 years in prison

By Kimberly King

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC (WLOS) – A man described by law enforcement as a serial rapist in western North Carolina pleaded guilty on Tuesday to raping multiple women since 2016.

On July 5, Michael Greenarch, 46, of Clyde, pleaded guilty to five separate sexual assaults during his hearing. He was sentenced to serve a minimum sentence of 28 years in prison with a corresponding maximum of 38 years in North Carolina prisons. Greenarch was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, “and will be subject to 10 years of satellite monitoring (ankle monitor) once he is released from prison,” the official said. Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams in a press release. Release. Each of the victims was given a permanent (lifetime) no-contact order prohibiting any contact from Greenarch.

According to police, Greenarch went after women in Asheville who appeared to be prostitutes, threatened them with a knife and then raped them in his car.

He pleaded guilty to the following facts:

Two counts of rape in the first degree One count of forced sexual offense in the first degree One count of attempted forced sexual offense in the first degree One count of forced sexual offense in the second degree

Assistant District Attorney David Denninger read victim impact statements from two women in court. Here are some excerpts from what the women said about Greenarch and statements to Superior Court Judge Bill Horne:

He held a knife to my throat. Women and children will never be safe. I knew I had to get out of that truck. I can’t walk to the store without thinking someone is following me. Please judge, never let that rapist walk the streets again.

Asheville defense attorney Jack Crawford is representing Greenarch. The plea hearing was delayed several hours Tuesday morning because Crawford had to attend another hearing for a case in another county.

Law enforcement says Greenarch did not know any of his female victims, adding that he often assaulted his victims in broad daylight, kicked them out of his car and left them naked on the street.

Greenarch had previously been arrested in January 2021 and charged with two separate attempted kidnappings and assaults in Asheville’s River Arts District. In May 2021, he was charged with criminal sex offences.

Greenarch has been a registered sex offender since 2000. His criminal history includes convictions for indecent liberty with a child (2000) and indecent exposure (2005).

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