DNA in child-sex case results in new rape charge


Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:35 p.m.

A man awaiting trial on accusations he had multiple sexual contacts with a child under age 12 has been arrested in a separate rape case based on DNA collected in the child’s case.

Kerrie Jermaine Bennett, 25, of 2841 SE 20th Ave., was arrested Monday on the new sexual assault charge. Bennett was arrested at the Alachua County jail, where he is awaiting trial.

The most recent charge is related to a sexual battery Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tyson Elliott said happened inside a tent at a homeless encampment off Hawthorne Road in November 2009.

While deputies were looking for a suspect in the tent case, Bennett was arrested in January 2010 and accused of providing marijuana to a girl under the age of 12 and having intercourse with her multiple times. The girl told investigators she considered Bennett her boyfriend.

In July 2010, the DNA sample taken in the case involving the child was matched to the DNA found on the victim of the assault in the tent. Tyson said the victim later identified Bennett in a photo line-up as her attacker.

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