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DECATUR — A Decatur rape suspect who laughed at police when they questioned him more than a year ago was arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault Tuesday based on DNA results, a sworn affidavit said.

A woman told police the assault occurred in a Decatur garage on the night of May 10, 2017. Samples taken from her underwear after that night were sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab for analysis. When the results came back a year later, they were were judged a positive match for a test DNA sample Macon County Sheriff’s deputies obtained recently from the man after executing a search warrant, the affidavit said.

Deputy David Pittenger, writing in the affidavit, said the lab described the match unique to the point of “approximately one in five quadrillion.”

Pittenger said the victim had described being raped by the man while spending a night in the garage of the man’s grandfather, where they smoked cannabis together and watched movies.

“On the night of the reported incident she advised that he began kissing her on the lips which she was fine with,” said Pittenger. “She advised he attempted approximately three times to put his hands down her underwear and she swatted his hand away each time.”

Pittenger said the woman told police the man’s assaults had escalated from there, culminating with him pulling her clothes off, holding her down, covering her mouth and then raping her.

Detectives had interviewed the woman in hospital and then spoken with the man by phone. “He laughed on the phone when told the accusation and accuser,” said Pittenger. “He stated he didn’t know (her) and refused to come in for an interview.”

The criminal sexual assault allegation is a preliminary charge subject to review by the State’s Attorney’s Office. The man remained in the Macon County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of posting $100,000 bond.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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