DNA leads to plea in cold-case Ohio rape

CLEVELAND (AP) — A guilty plea means a 20-year-old rape case in Cleveland is nearing an end — thanks to DNA evidence.

Michael Bass will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty Monday to a lesser charge of sexual battery.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/12ZNogZ ) reports that the case was reopened this year after DNA evidence showed that Bass had lied to police in a 1993 statement.

At the time, a woman told police Bass raped her at knifepoint in the hallway of an apartment house. Though she worked as a prostitute, the victim told police that Bass violated her against her will and stole her belongings.

Investigators tracked down the victim in April. She was reluctant, but decided to cooperate. Prosecutors indicted the case just before the 20-year statute of limitations ran out.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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