DNA re­port­edly links man to 2010 gang rape

Ac­cused is cur­rently held with­out bond for un­re­lated al­leged rape

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­port­edly con­nected his DNA to ev­i­dence col­lected from a 2010 gang rape, a La Plata man, cur­rently be­ing held with­out bond for an un­re­lated al­leged rape against a mi­nor, was charged with first-de­gree rape on Wed­nes­day.

Jaime An­to­nio Rivera, 26, who was ar­rested in June for the al­leged rape of an 11-year-old girl, now faces an ad­di­tional rape charge for the 2010 in­ci­dent, court records in­di­cate. He is ac­cused of be­ing one of four men who re­port­edly took

turns rap­ing a woman be­fore she was able to es­cape from the house in Wal­dorf.

On March 16, 2010, deputies with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the 12700 block of Coun­try Lane for a re­port of un­known trou­ble. Upon ar­rival, an of­fi­cer found the woman at a house ad­ja­cent to the one where she said she was al­legedly raped, court records in­di­cate.

The vic­tim told de­tec­tives that she had been at a bar in North­ern Vir­ginia, and since she didn’t have a ride home, she ac­cepted a ride from a man she had met that night, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. There were several men in the car and she be­came fear­ful for her safety af­ter she noticed they we not tak­ing her in the right di­rec­tion, and over­heard them talk­ing about hav­ing sex with her.

Around 2 a.m., she said they ar­rived at the house on Coun­try Lane and she was led into a base­ment, where several more His­panic men waited, many wear­ing red shirts and drink­ing al­co­hol, po­lice records in­di­cate. One man, who called him­self the “leader” of their group, threat­ened to kill her if she did not re­move her cloth­ing and have sex with him and the oth­ers. She told de­tec­tives that while he raped her, she was sur­rounded by the other men who ap­peared to be flash­ing “gang signs.” She was then raped many times af­ter­wards by several dif­fer­ent men.

Even­tu­ally, she was able to es­cape out of the front door while the men were dis­tracted, court records state. She ran to a nearby house and hid un­til a ve­hi­cle parked in the drive­way as the men came out­side look­ing for her, say­ing “… don’t call the po­lice, if you call, I will kill you.” Af­ter wait­ing un­til she felt it was safe, she crawled out from un­der­neath the ve­hi­cle and knocked on the front door of the house and called po­lice.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived and ar­rested several sus­pects and iden­ti­fied wit­nesses, though many left the res­i­dence be­fore their ar­rival and were never iden­ti­fied, court records state. How­ever about six years later, af­ter Rivera had been ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing an 11-year-old girl, his DNA was col­lected and pro­cessed by the Mary­land State Po­lice foren­sic lab. On Aug. 5, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that his DNA matched DNA re­cov­ered from the vic­tim’s sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­i­na­tion in 2010.

Al­ready held with­out bail for re­port­edly rap­ing a mi­nor, Rivera re­mains in cus­tody dur­ing ad­ju­di­ca­tion of both cases.

When Rivera was ar­rested on June 11, he re­port­edly told a de­tec­tive that he was not a U.S. cit­i­zen.

The day be­fore, the girl went to the guid­ance coun­selor at her mid­dle school and re­ported the al­leged rape, prompt­ing a Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. She al­legedly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Rivera was drunk and de­manded to have sex with her, draw­ing a 6-inch knife and telling her that he would hurt her if she did not do what he wanted.

Cur­rently, Rivera is sched­uled to stand trial on Jan. 23 for the 2016 in­ci­dent, per court records. For the 2010 case, he is set to ap­pear for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on Nov. 4.

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