Man charged in 1991 rape af­ter DNA link

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL | - By CHRIS­TINE VENDEL

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.

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