A Miami man was arrested Tuesday, a year after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl who was seven months pregnant at the time, authorities said.
According to an arrest report, the teen was sitting alone at a bus stop on Sept. 29, 2017, when the 48-year-old man pulled up in his vehicle and asked her to get in.
Police said the teen didn’t know the man and refused, so the man parked his car and approached the teen on foot.
The teen apparently got into the man’s car, authorities said.
According to the arrest report, the man drove the teen to a secluded location, forced her to get in the back seat and then raped her.
DNA results from the teen’s rape kit apparently traced back to the man on Tuesday, police said.
The man was arrested on a charge of sexual battery on a minor. He is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Rape is one of the most serious criminal offenses a person can be charged with. The potential penalties are quite severe. If you have been accused of rape, or sexual assault, there is a good chance that some of the key evidence the State of Florida will introduce against you came from an examination, more commonly referred to as a “rape kit.”
A “rape kit” is also known as a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit. While it is a “kit” containing evidence collection tools, including swabs, combs, envelopes and bags, administering a rape kit is a procedure for documenting sexual assault allegations. The purpose of the examination is to gather physical evidence of the alleged assault. Evidence the exam may turn up includes:
- Pubic hair, facial hair, other body hair
- Skin cells
All of these types of evidence will be used by police and prosecutors to try and obtain a conviction. Hair, bodily fluids, and skin cells can all contain a person’s DNA. If your unique DNA is matched to the DNA found on a sexual assault victim, it almost always proves that there was some type of physical contact between you and the victim.
If you have been charged with rape or sexual assault in Florida, then it is certainly in your best interest to consult with our South Florida Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton right away. You can reach us 24 hours a day at 561-367-8777 or contact us online to discuss your case.