Dancers surprised by allegations against alleged serial rapist who frequented Diamond Girls

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/9/2018) - The Genesee County Prosecutor said it's evident Gilbert Conway preyed on women at clubs and bars.

We went to the one closest to his home, asking if they recognized him from his mugshot. We found a group of women who not only recognized Conway, they saw him on a pretty regular basis.

"We have a total of eight dancers right now and every single one of 'ems heart dropped when they even seen the picture. They ain't know 'em by name, they seen the picture," LeeAnn Mallory said.

Mallory, who goes by Harmony inside The Diamond Girls Show Bar in Flint, said Gilbert Conway is one of her regulars.

"Sure it was him. I knew. Absolutely sure it was him. All I could think about was all my children. I'm a mother of five," she said. "I didn't know he was capable of that."

Flint Police arrested Conway in July for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman. Since then, five other women have come forward with similar accusations.

The 60-year-old is currently behind bars on 77 felony charges; but Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said there could be dozens to hundreds more victims.

"We think most of them happened at his home where he had a video taping system set up," Leyton said.

He explained police found several VHS tapes and nearly 500 'hi8' tapes inside Conway's home.

"We believe from looking at some of the 'hi8' tapes that there are additional victims being sexually assaulted while being videotaped; and, we want to be able to look at those video tapes and hopefully identify these additional victims," he said.

"My goosebumps got goosebumps just talking about this. So I'm happy he's put away," Mallory said.

And she added she's grateful her employers put security measures in place to keep her and her coworkers safe.

"We have cameras, we got panic buttons; you know, our boss is always checking in every three or four songs to make sure our girls are good, to make sure the customers get drinks. You know, we're all a team here. We make sure the girls stay safe," she said.

Because Mallory explained, they're people too who have families they'd like to go home to.

"Everybody understands the business. We're here to make our money for our children or for whoever we're going home to," she said. "We've got pills to pay, too. You know, this is just like any regular job. We just have a different type of uniform."

If you recognize Conway and believe you've fallen victim to him or you have any other information about this case, you're urged to call police.



 
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