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Long-sought rapist is returned to Mass.

PORTLAND — He went to his son’s high school football games, paid taxes, and performed jury duty. In more than three decades, Gary Alan Irving was ­apparently in trouble just once: He got a speeding ticket. When police showed up last week at his suburban home in Gorham, Maine, after a 34-year manhunt, Irving was baking an eclair cake for one of his wife’s co-workers.

But Irving, 52, had a dark secret: In summer 1978, he kidnapped and raped three young women, stood convicted, but then fled before he could be sentenced. He wound up in Maine, where he had camped as a child , and raised a family using his brother’s name.

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