Cold case | Man convicted of 1993 rape, kidnapping

CLEVELAND -- Jermaine Thomas, 43, of Cleveland, has been convicted on rape and kidnapping charges stemming from his 1993 attack on a Cleveland woman, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Clancy will sentence Thomas on March 21. He faces a sentence of eight to 28 years on each count.

Evidence presented by the State of Ohio proved that on June 28, 1993, Thomas accosted his victim at the corner of E. 97th Street and Dickens Avenue.

Thomas forced her at gunpoint to walk for a block, then took her behind a house where he raped her. The victim, who testified at trial, immediately sought help and was treated at St. Luke's Hospital where a rape kit was taken.

In 1996, Thomas entered a plea of guilty to a charge of attempted gross sexual imposition. In 2000, following his conviction for having sex with a minor, Thomas was declared to be a habitual sex offender by Common Pleas Court Judge Janet R. Burnside.

Today's conviction came through the efforts of the DNA Cold Case Task Force in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

His conviction was the 16th for the task force – which also includes the Cleveland Police Department, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation – since it began work a year ago.

To date, 85 defendants charged with rapes against 133 victims have been indicted.

Assistant County Prosecutors Kristin Karkutt and Brad Meyer prosecuted this case for the State of Ohio.

"Justice has finally been served, not only for the victim in this case, but also for the citizens of Cuyahoga County," said Karkutt. "A very dangerous, repeat sex offender is now off the streets."


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