Maine State Police
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A convicted rapist has been charged with the murder of a Maine woman. The murder suspect is the son of a former police chief and was previously arrested for sexual assault while impersonating a police officer.
On the evening of Sept. 5, the body of 52-year-old Danielle Goodwin was found on an embankment near the sidewalk in close proximity to the Home Depot in South Portland, according to a statement from the South Portland Police Department.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta did not reveal Goodwin's cause of death but determined her death to be a homicide.
The Maine State Police said troopers had arrested 65-year-old Gary Mariner on Nov. 2 in connection with Goodwin's death. The Maine State Police noted that troopers had executed search warrants that fingered Mariner as the suspect in Goodwin's murder.
Mariner's now-deceased father is Herbert Mariner — a former police chief of Cape Elizabeth.
This is not the first time that Gary Mariner has been arrested. In 1978, Mariner was arrested for assault by the Cape Elizabeth Police Department. In 2015, Mariner was charged with gross sexual assault while impersonating a police officer.
According to state criminal records obtained by the Portland Press Herald, Mariner used his dead father’s police badge to pressure a sex worker into having sex with him for free. Mariner reportedly told the sex worker that he was part of a special prostitution unit of the Maine State Police.
The outlet reported in 2015, "He then drove her to the parking lot of Concord bus station at Thompson’s Point, where he pulled a pistol from the door pocket of his Toyota Corolla, rested it on his leg and demanded she perform a sex act on him."
In 2017, Mariner was sentenced to 12 years in prison with all but four years suspended, according to state criminal records.
Mariner was required to register as a sexual offender for life.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.