DNA leads to charges in rape cases

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who was acquitted in a sexual assault case last year has been indicted on new charges, according to police.

DNA evidence led to charges against Anthony Dillard, 49, in two unsolved rape cases. Dillard was indicted Tuesday on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree assault. Police said DNA from the crime scenes matched his profile.

The first rape took place in February 2005, when a woman who had been drinking was grabbed and dragged by her hair to a tent at the Fur Rendezvous Carnival. The rapist choked the woman, nearly causing her to pass out, before assaulting her, said Jade Baker, an Anchorage detective with the special victims unit.

Then, in August 2007, two men lured a woman who had been drinking into an alley behind the Panhandle Bar, where one man held her down and the other raped her, police said.

Dillard was charged in January 2009 with multiple counts of sexual assault, felony assault and kidnapping but was subsequently acquitted after a jury trial, court records indicate.

Baker said that is probably where authorities got the DNA profile that helped break the old cases.

Dillard was arrested Wednesday. He was being held on $100,000 bail with a third-party custodian required for his release.

Dillard is a suspect in several other sexual assaults that are under investigation, police said.

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