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A DNA hit in a nearly 16-year-old sexual assault case led Kent police Tuesday to arrest and charge a Youngstown man with rape.
Kent police have charged Garrett A. Ake, 39, of Brookline Avenue in Youngstown, with one count of rape, a first-degree felony, in connection with the September 2001 sexual assault of a female victim.
Arraigned in Municipal Court, Ake did not enter a plea and was ordered jailed on $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday in municipal court, and additional or amended charges are possible once the case is presented to a grand jury.
Court records indicate the alleged incident took place on Sept. 9, 2001, at a residence in the 1300 block of Stratford Drive. A criminal complaint filed by Kent police on June 5 alleges that on or about that date, Ake allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman at the address in question, located in the Whitehall Terrace apartment complex.
Kent police spokesman Lt. Mike Lewis said the incident took place in 2001, but the suspect was not charged until a hit from the FBI's Combined DNA Index System database, or CODIS, "led investigators to the identification of the suspect in this incident."
Additional investigation and follow-up resulted in a rape charge, Lewis said.
Ake, who has no prior criminal record in Portage County, likely had his DNA entered into CODIS after he was charged this spring with felony drug possession in Geauga County. Ohio law states that following an arrest, law enforcement officials are authorized to collect an adult felony suspect's DNA and enter it into national identification databases.
The charges in that case are included in a March 30 indictment handed up in Geauga County Common Pleas Court. They accuse Ake -- who also has a prior address on Mayfield Road in Chesterland, Geauga County -- of possessing less than 1 gram of heroin and a small amount of another drug on or about Oct. 30, according to the indictment.
A trial in that case is scheduled to begin Aug. 14.