Cuyahoga County

“John Doe” rapist sentenced for 1993 attack


Cleveland – The first “John Doe” defendant to be indicted based on DNA found in a 20-year-old rape kit has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

George R. Young, 50, was found guilty in April after a four-day bench trial of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1993. Late Thursday afternoon, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Matthew McMonagle sentenced Young to 11 years in prison.

Judge McMonagle ruled that this sentence would run consecutive to Young’s current 32-year sentence, which he received in 2013 after being convicted of Felonious Assault with a firearm.

Young’s DNA profile was among the first identified in 2013 when the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation began testing backlogged rape kits as part of Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.  But at the time there was no match among DNA profiles in the national database of offenders.

So on April 9, 2013, a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted the DNA profile of “John Doe No. 1” on charges of rape and kidnapping. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office had sought the indictment because the statute of limitations on the 1993 attack was about to expire. The objective of this and dozens of subsequent John Doe indictments brought by the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force has been to preserve the cases until the individual with that unique DNA profile can be identified and prosecuted.

In Young’s case that occurred after he was admitted to the Ohio prison system. A DNA sample was collected from him and the profile entered into the data base. It then matched the DNA of the attacker from 1993. In February of 2014, the indictment was amended to add Young’s name.

Evidence presented at trial proved that in 1993, Young raped the daughter of a woman he had dated.  The victim told police that her attacker was named “Randy Spivey.” When the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force followed up on the DNA hit 20 years later, investigators realized that “Randy” was Young’s middle name.

“By having used a false name, George Young went undetected for over 20 years, continuing to commit acts of violence against the community,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Denise Salerno who represented the State of Ohio in this case along with Assistant County Prosecutor Steven A. McIntosh. “Without the efforts of the task force, Mr. Young may never have been brought to justice for his crime against this young girl. With the sentence he has received from Judge McMonagle, Mr. Young will be 90 years old before he gets out of prison in 2055. This ensures that he never again will prey upon the people of our community.”

The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force was formed to investigate and prosecute cases arising from DNA testing conducted by the Attorney General’s Sexual Kit Initiative.  The partners in this highly successful collaboration include the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

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