DNA analysis leads to arrest of man over alleged rape of girl 15 years ago
tokyoreporter.com -- Jun 27
Kanagawa Prefectural Police used a DNA analysis in the arrest of a 42-year-old man over the alleged rape of a high school girl 15 years ago, reports Fuji News Network (June 26).

In July 2005, Tsutomu Mitsugi allegedly threatened the girl, then 16, with a knife while he sexually assaulted her on a road in Atsugi City.

Upon his arrest on suspicion of rape, Mitsugi denied the allegations. “I know nothing [about the matter],” the suspect said. He was sent to prosecutors on Friday.

Mitsugi surfaced as a person of interest in the case after he became involved in another case in 2018. The results of a DNA analysis for evidence found at the crime scene in Atsugi proved to be a match for the suspect.

The statute of limitations for rape have expired. However, police plan to change the charges to rape resulting in death or injury, which has a statute of limitations of 15 years, in claiming that the victim suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police plan to make the change before July 19.

15年前の強姦致傷容疑で時効直前に男が逮捕された事件で、男の関与が浮上した時点で強姦罪の時効が成立していたものの、その後、女性の精神的な被害が分かって逮捕に踏み切ったことが分かりました。  三ツ木努容疑者(42)は2005年、神奈川県厚木市の路上で当時16歳の女性を刃物で脅して性的暴行を加えるなどした疑いが持たれています。おととし、別の事件で採取したDNA型から三ツ木容疑者の関与が浮上しましたが、すでに強姦罪の時効は成立していました。しかし、女性が事件後に外出できなくなるなどPTSD(心的外傷後ストレス障害)を発症していたことが分かり、時効が15年の強姦致傷容疑での逮捕に踏み切りました。三ツ木容疑者は黙秘を続けているということです。
News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
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