EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) -
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says for the first time in St. Clair County, charges have been filed against DNA, not an actual person by name.
The rape happened February 13, 2005. The victim, who no longer lives in the area, has been notified of the charges. Kelly charged the DNA because the statute of limitations is set to run out soon. He wanted to file charges before it becomes too late to charge a person.
The DNA has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of criminal sexual abuse.
According to Kelly, the suspect connected to the DNA may be a serial rapist. The suspect connected to the charged DNA is also a rape suspect in cases in two cases in East St. Louis in 1997, another case in East St. Louis in 2005, and a case in St. Louis in 2008.
Kelly is confident this person will be taken into custody and that time is no longer a problem.
If the suspect is convicted, they could face a total of 55 years in prison.
Bond is set at $750,000.