NOPD solves 3 sex crimes with DNA from database

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Posted: Nov 3, 2010 5:04 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: Nov 3, 2010 5:04 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: New Orleans, police, arrest, Jimmy Spratt, sexual, assault

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police arrested Jimmy Spratt, who's wanted in connection with three sexual assaults that occurred in 1994.

Thanks to DNA obtained from the three victims at the time of the assaults, investigators were able to use modern technology to capture Spratt.

Spratt became a suspect in 2005, when he was arrested in Tennessee for unrelated sexual assaults on several women there.

After being convicted and sent to prison in Tennessee, Spratt's DNA was collected as required by all new inmates.

Once the DNA was put into the Combined DNA Index System, it was matched positively in the three cold cases.

Spratt will be prosecuted in the Louisiana cases when his current term is complete.

He's due for release there in 2014.

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