DNA technology has helped to resolve many cold cases nationwide. Frequently, arrests take place after a DNA matches are found that tie people to sex crimes or other offenses many years after the crimes were perpetrated. Such evidence recently led to the arrest of a Michigan man on charges of sexual misconduct on a minor in a neighboring state back in March, 2009.
The man pleaded not guilty on charges recently handed down by a grand jury. The prosecution alleges the man, who is now 41 years old, forcefully committed sexual acts with a girl who was only 16 years old at the time. Reportedly, after years of searching, police learned that the DNA allegedly collected from a rape kit at the time was linked to two convictions on felony drug charges in other states, involving the defendant.
Court documents indicate that the defendant engaged in inappropriate touching and sexual acts with the teenage girl. It is alleged that the girl was sleeping at the time of the incident. The incident was not reported until later that day when she called her mother from school. Her mother allegedly took her to a hospital where a rape kit was obtained for evaluation of the alleged sexual assault and to obtain DNA evidence.
No one can be convicted until the prosecution has proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney could be a valuable asset in the corner of anyone facing sex crimes charges. The defense can work to find evidence that may establish reasonable doubt, which could be enough to prevent a conviction.