Grand jury indicts man in 1997 rape at a Columbus park

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been indicted in a 1997 rape at a central Ohio park after new testing on old evidence helped identify him through DNA.

Prosecutors announced Thursday that a Franklin County grand jury indicted 45-year-old Joseph Carter on charges of rape and kidnapping. He was taken into custody in Oklahoma in February.

Authorities say an 18-year-old woman was walking in a Columbus park in August 1997 when she was grabbed and raped. Investigators submitted evidence from the victim’s sexual assault for testing and DNA was found matching Carter’s.

Police say Carter has a “lengthy” and “violent” criminal history in Columbus and Cuyahoga County.

Carter is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Franklin County court records list no attorney for him in the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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