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Repeat offender returns to prison

Latest conviction nets 20 years for confining roommate


– Convicted rapist Brian Mast is headed back to prison, this time for 20 years on a charge of criminal confinement.

Mast, 47, has spent most of his adult life behind bars, and every time he has been released in recent years, has found himself in trouble again.

After being released from prison in August 2012, having served a lengthy prison sentence for rape, Mast was arrested just weeks later on charges of criminal confinement and escape. He was also accused of being a habitual offender.

On Tuesday morning, just before his trial on the charges was scheduled to begin, Mast decided to plead guilty. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the escape charge and to not seek an enhancement of his prison sentence as a habitual offender.

In September 2012, Mast was living at the Traveler’s Inn in the 4600 block of East Washington Boulevard. Armed with his roommate’s box cutter, he held the roommate, Donald Seager, then 49, in the room.

Seager, a registered sex offender, told police he was “a little scared” about Mast’s rants about hating child molesters.

According to court documents, Mast was visiting with other residents at the motel about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 18, 2012, and was drinking. He became argumentative with people and demanded a knife so he could cut off his ankle monitor and leave.

Police were called, and after arguing with them for a few minutes, Mast let them into his room and was taken into custody, according to court documents.

Mast has been in and out of prison and the Allen County Jail in recent years since Indiana’s Court of Appeals overturned his 1989 guilty plea to charges of rape. He was accused of stabbing and raping a woman inside her Fort Wayne home. The court ordered a new trial after concerns were raised about Mast’s mental health at the time of his original guilty plea.

Originally sentenced to 30 years in prison, Mast served much of the time, having received little to no time off his sentence for good behavior.

In late 2010, Mast pleaded guilty to the original charge of rape, again, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, most of which he had already served, and five years on probation. After failing to comply with the terms of his probation, Mast was returned to prison in January 2012 to finish the sentence.