Judgment day for a Cleveland rapist.
Harold Ward was sentenced to 20-years in prison and was labeled a Tier 3 sex offender.
On July 30, 2010, at approximately 1:30AM, 37-year-old Ward broke into the 48-year-old victim's residence in Cleveland, blindfolded her and bound her wrists together with shoelaces.
He ripped off the victims clothes and necklace, putting a pillowcase over her face and raped her. After the assault, Ward took the victim to the shower and washed her with soap while she was still blindfolded.
Ward fled the residence with pillows, pillow cases, towels, wash rags, soap, and lotion. He also stole $140 cash.
The victim ran to her neighbor's house who called police. DNA evidence collected from the crime scene matched Ward's.
On July 22, 2011, Ward pleaded guilty to rape, felonious assault, and tampering with evidence.