Kraig Anderson

Kraig Anderson. Al Cannon Detention Center/Provided

The day he was released from prison, a convicted rapist returned to a North Charleston steakhouse where he had initiated one of his earlier crimes and sought another victim, authorities said. 

Police said Kraig Anderson struck up a conversation with a woman at the now closed-Wild Buffalo Steakhouse, then waited for her outside and followed her to her car on June 18, 2014.

He begged for a ride home, saying he lived nearby.

Once in the car, authorities said, Anderson lured the woman to a wooded area off Ashley Phosphate Road where he choked and raped her. 

Anderson's DNA, which authorities had collected after a previous assault, led to his arrest in the rape. A Charleston County jury Wednesday found the 36-year-old guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Circuit Judge Thomas Hughston sentenced him to 30 years in prison. 

Hours before the rape, prosecutors said Anderson was released from prison after his conviction in a 2012 "sex-related assault" that began at the same steakhouse. 

Anderson was convicted of rape in Germany and accused of several other sex assaults in other areas, prosecutors said. Court records list him as a resident of Manteno, Ill.

During his sentencing, prosecutors said the victim told the court, "I never doubted this day would come, that he would be found guilty."

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Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.