Allegations of sexual assault are very serious. Sometimes, a person is charged with a sex crime soon after the alleged acts occur. However, other times over 10 years can pass between the alleged act and the criminal charges.

An Arizona man who is now 28-years-old is facing six charges of sexual assault based on the result of a rape kit that was approximately 12 years old. According to the allegations against the man, from 2003 to 2006, six females, some of whom were under the age of 18, were sexually assaulted by the accused. Per police documents, some of the women claimed the accused told them they’d be raped if they refused to engage in sexual intercourse with him. However, only one woman had a rape kit done, and she refused to have a one-party consent phone call that would be tapped by the police. Therefore, police did not move forward with her case.

However, last year Maricopa County received a federal grant that would allow them to deal with the 4,500 rape kit backlog. It was due to this grant that the rape kit involving the accused was tested, providing an alleged connection between him and the reported assault. According to the county attorney’s office, the results of that rape kit test, along with five additional reports of assault, made it possible for them to levy these criminal charges against the accused. The accused has denied the allegations against him. The man is being charged as an adult, even though the man would only have been a teenager when the alleged acts occurred, as juvenile courts do not have jurisdiction over a person if that person is more than 18-years-old.

People in situations like this will want to take every measure possible to establish a strong and persuasive defense strategy, including securing the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: azfamily.com, “Test of old rape kit leads to indictment of man on sexual assault charges,” Catherine Holland, Dec. 18, 2017