Athens Police Seek Serial Rapist: DNA Connects Offender to Multiple Crimes

Athens County officials are looking for a serial rapist. The individual whose composite sketch was released by authorities this week is connected with one rape in 2006 and two last year – one an attempted assault. Police say there could be more.

In all three incidents the predator targeted college-aged women walking alone from the uptown Athens area (near the Ohio University campus) in the late night or early morning hours.

In June of last year, a woman reported an attempted assault. DNA from that case matches a sexual assault that occurred six months later in the early morning hours of December 12, 2015. On Thursday, Athens authorities announced the recent crimes were linked by DNA to a third – a rape that occurred under similar circumstances in 2006.

Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle called for the person to turn himself in and not victimize anyone else. He acknowledged in a press conference Thursday that the suspect could yet be tied to other sexual assaults.

Anyone who may have taken video or pictures uptown Athens the night of Friday, December 11 is asked to email them to APD investigator Lt. Jeff McCall at jmccall@ci.athens.oh.us. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant in helping to identify the suspect.

The suspect is a white male in his late-20s to early-30s. His height is 5’8” to 5’9” and he weighs approximately 160 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Athens Police at (740)566-4208. Tips can also be reported on the APD website:
http://www.ci.athens.oh.us/…/Athens-Police-Dep…/Crime-Tip-44

Composite Sketch:
http://woub.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/man.jpg

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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