Man charged in 1991 rape after DNA link
Jackson County prosecutors Tuesday charged a convicted sex offender with an unsolved 1991 rape after DNA linked him to the Kansas City attack of a 17-year-old girl.
Prosecutors charged Nathaniel J. Thompson, 34, with three counts of rape with a weapon and one count of sex abuse.
He is accused of climbing onto a balcony in the 300 block of Bellefontaine Avenue in June 1991 and dragging the teenager into the dining room at knifepoint. He allegedly tied her hands with a cord and sexually assaulted her repeatedly. The commotion awoke the girl’s roommate. Thompson allegedly demanded money from them and threatened to kill the victim if she reported the at- tack.
Less than two years later, a California court convicted Thompson in the rape of a 19year-old woman. He served about seven years in prison and completed probation in 2004. He eventually moved to Springfield, Mo., where he was arrested for distributing narcotics. He was convicted of five drug charges in March 2009 and sentenced to 120 days of “shock time” and five years of probation.
A 2004 Missouri law that requires all felons to provide DNA samples forced Thompson to provide one, which was added to a national database and linked last month to the 1991 case.
Thompson was15 at the time of the 1991 rape. A judge certified him to stand trial as an adult.