Nicholas McFarland

A suspected serial rapist who preyed on women visiting his housemate, including the man's sister, was charged Thursday with several counts of rape.

Nicholas McFarland, 28, was charged in 3rd District Court with three counts of first-degree felony rape, solicitation to commit rape and forcible sexual abuse, both second-degree felonies; and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

McFarland rented a basement apartment from a friend at a house near 3800 West and 6800 South. From about June 1, 2007 until July 31, 2007, investigators say McFarland raped three women and attempted to rape a fourth.

In each incident, the victims were visiting the man who lived in the upstairs portion of the house. McFarland would lure them into his room downstairs and sexually assault them, according to court documents.

In one incident, McFarland, "grabbed (the victim's) purse and ran into his room. When she followed him into the room ... he closed the door and threw her on the bed," according to court documents. "He then pinned her hands behind her head and she pleaded with him to stop."

A similar incident happened to a second victim who also struggled to get away but was forcibly pinned down. In that case, McFarland told his victim, "He and his family are all in the military and law and they always get what they want," according to court documents.

A third victim had just finished nursing her baby when McFarland again forced her onto his bed and raped her, according to court documents.

"The girls were absolutely terrified. The were quite literally too afraid to scream," said West Jordan police Sgt. Greg Butler.

A fourth victim was the sister of the man who rented the apartment, court documents state. In a disturbing account outlined in court documents, McFarland began kissing and groping the woman in front of her brother before McFarland looked at him and said, 'Let's gang-rape her,' according to court documents. The brother "in disbelief replied 'no,' grabbed his sister and went upstairs, court documents state.

It wasn't until one of the victims told her mother what had happened that police were notified. The woman told police she believed there were other victims as well, which led to the discovery by detectives of the three other women.

As far as additional charges, "We're not aware there are other victims out there," Butler said. But if other women were sexually assaulted, Butler said they can call police at 840-4000.

McFarland has refused to cooperate with investigators, Butler said.

McFarland, who was also being held at the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of probation violation on fraud and forgery charges of Montana, was being held Thursday on $400,000 bail.