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Man Indicted for 1981 Rape After Backlogged DNA Test

Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 11:59:48-04

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — In a first, a Fayette County grand jury has indicted a man on charges for a decades-old rape after testing on a backlogged sexual assault kit.

Donald Berlin

Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn said Wednesday that Donald Berlin was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree burglary in a case dating back to Sept. 26, 1981.

Red Corn said the sexual assault kit DNA results were funded through a grant program by the New York District Attorney’s Office.

She said Berlin was being held in the Federal Correctional Institute in Ashland.

Berlin faces 10 to 20 years in prison on each charge.

An arraignment date has not yet been set.