DNA clears man accused of assaulting teen in alley; another man charged


DNA absolved a man who was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint in two alleyways in north Minneapolis back in November.

The charges against Charles E. Stevenson were dropped Monday, Chuck Laszewski, a spokesperson for the attorney's office told BringMeTheNews, noting he is still being held on a failure to register as a sex offender charge.

Stevenson was arrested in November after the victim identified him as her attacker from a computer-generated lineup of known offenders based on her description of him.

DNA evidence however has since exonerated him.

A other suspect charged

But another man – Harold T. Davis – has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection to the Nov. 2, 2015, incident, according to the criminal complaint against him.

According to the complaint:

The 15-year-old victim was walking when she saw a man jogging toward her. He then put a gun to her head, said "don't move" and took her behind a house to the alleyway.

He then forced her to perform oral sex on him and committed an assault with penetration. After instructing her to get dressed, he took her to a second alley and repeated the assault.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where a sexual assault evidence kit was performed and sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.

DNA was found, and entered into a database of known sex offenders, where it matched Davis, who was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2008.

He admitted to having sex with someone with the victim's first name.

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