DNA Sample Clears Rape Suspect

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A rape suspect was cleared when a DNA genetic sample proved the man wasn't the attacker.

Shawn L. Bradley, 40, had been facing a possible life term in prison if convicted.

A 21-year-old woman told police she was raped at gunpoint. A hospital nurse took a saliva sample from the victim's skin and the woman later picked Bradley's picture out of a photo lineup.

The attack occurred Aug. 8, one day after Bradley escaped from the Community Treatment & Correction Center.

Because he had a prior rape arrest and other convictions, the indictment against Bradley included a repeat violent offender specification that could have imprisoned him for life.

Prosecutors dismissed the rape charge and two weapons charges against him. However, Bradley must return to prison indefinitely after pleading guilty Monday to an escape charge for leaving the treatment center.

Bradley served about 13 years of a 20- to 30-year sentence for burglary convictions from 1981, and was paroled in 1999.

Police said that they would reopen the rape investigation.

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