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More Charges In Wooded Rapist Investigation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The so-called "Wooded Rapist" faces more charges.

Robert Jason Burdick is now indicted for sexually assaulting seven women in Davidson County. This comes a day before his first court appearance to be formally charged.

"Two years ago, the Davidson County grand jury returned a multi-count indictment against a John Doe based on a specific scientific DNA profile," according to a Metro police news release.

The indictment included five counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated, one count of attempted rape, one count of aggravated assault and six counts of aggravated burglary.

Burdick replaced the "John Doe" designation on the indictment, which covers six separate cases.

In the 1994 case, Burdick has been accused of breaking into a home on Franklin Pike and raping a woman. In two cases in 1998, he was accused of breaking into a home on Otter Creek Road and raping a 22-year-old woman and doing the same thing to a 36-year-old woman on Priest Road. A year later, police said, he broke into a home on Reagan Run and raped a 45-year-old woman. He has also been suspected of breaking into on Tusculum Road in 2000 and raping a 29-year-old woman.

Burdick was also accused of raping another woman on Otter Creek Road and a 61-year-old woman in her Fairbrook Drive home last year.

Attorney Jim Todd, who is a former prosecutor, said the district attorney has been methodically building his case.

In another new development, it looks like DNA evidence against Burdick will hold up.

Brentwood detectives tailed Burdick to a La Vergne restaurant and bagged his used dishes and cutlery to get samples of his DNA.

It was reported that police used a GPS tracking system to follow Burdick. Critics argued the tactic was unconstitutional and any DNA collected would be inadmissible in court.

NewsChannel 5 has since learned police only put the GPS on Burdick's car after collecting his DNA at the restaurant.

By then, police said, they knew his DNA matched the so-called "Wooded Rapist." They also wanted to make sure he didn't get away.

Sources said Brentwood police will be able to prove the GPS was put on after they collected the DNA evidence.

Grand juries in Wilson and Williamson counties were expected to issue indictments later in the week against Burdick.

Burdick could also face charges for 15 rapes or assaults in three counties since 1994.

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