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Mobile man arrested for 1998 rape after grant tests rape kits

(WPMI) Mobile man arrested for 1998 rape after grant tests rape kits

54-year-old Roderick Williams is in the Mobile Metro Jail 20 years after police say he raped a teenage girl.

The arrest came two decades later because the backlog of rape kits has grown and grown, and now an almost million-dollar grant has allowed Mobile Police to test old rape kits with new technology.

The arrest marks a milestone in the Promise Program; the first arrest in a cold rape case.

Using the latest and most advanced technology, new hits can be made from old DNA, leading to more potential arrests.

Lt. Matthew James told NBC 15 that it’s also an effort to think of from society’s perspective. “The offenders are out there, and they could still reoffend again,” said James.

Williams is now being held on a $200,000 bond on rape and kidnapping charges and will face a judge in early May.

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