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A Youngstown man charged with raping a woman in Kent nearly 16 years ago has his next court date in August, court records show.
Garrett A. Ake, 39, was indicted June 16 by a Portage County grand jury on one count each of rape, a first-degree felony, sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his June 19 arraignment in Portage County Common Pleas Court, where Judge Laurie Pittman set bond at $50,000 cash with the condition that Ake have no contact with the alleged victim.
Pittman set a preliminary trial date for Aug. 22. Ake is represented by the Portage County Public Defender's Office, according to court records.
Kent police said a DNA match to evidence in the case led them to charge Ake with the Sept. 9, 2001, rape of a 20-year-old woman at a residence on Stratford Drive.
The match came after Ake's DNA profile recently was entered into the FBI's CODIS database, police said.
Ake also faces a felony drug charge in Geauga County, according to court records there. All accused felons are required by Ohio law to surrender a sample of their DNA to police upon their arrest.