UC Berkeley spokespeople confirmed Waller has been employed as a safety specialist in the school's Environment, Health and Safety office since 1992. He managed safety and training programs "regarding the use of equipment and machinery including forklifts, aerial lifts" and other devices.
"We were shocked today to learn that a campus employee was arrested in connection with a series of rapes that occurred more than a decade ago in several Northern California communities," says the university's written statement in response to Waller's arrest. The university said Waller is on "investigative leave."
"[T]here is no indication that any crimes occurred within the campus community," the statement says, citing Sacramento and university law enforcement. "However UCPD will be reviewing any open sexual assault cases to determine if any might be related."
'NorCal Rapist' Followed Disturbing Pattern
The "NorCal rapist" suspect followed a chilling pattern in his crimes, according to Sacramento detective Avis Beery, who has worked the case for 12 years.
"He would enter houses, usually late at night," Beery said. "Sometimes the victims would be asleep, sometimes they would be going about their activities in the evening. He would overcome them. He would bind them and then repeatedly sexually assault them. He would ransack their homes, and sometimes he would kidnap the victims and take them to ATMs where he would get money out of their accounts. And other times he would steal personal items from their homes."
The rape series began in 1991 with an attack in Rohnert Park, followed by another rape a year later in the city of Sonoma, said Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell.
Then there was an attack in Vallejo, in Solano County, in 1992.
Waller is a suspect in a Halloween 1996 attack in Martinez in Contra Costa County, District Attorney Diana Becton said.
"Ten years after the attack in Contra Costa County, our office filed a John Doe complaint with the specific DNA profile of this same individual," Becton said. "We filed the complaint to preserve the statute of limitations for some of the [12 felony] counts in this case."