Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Burglar accused in Warren Co. rape

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A 25-year-old Ohio inmate from St. Bernard was indicted Monday in the August 1999 rape of a Warren County woman.

        The charges against Sean Burton Price, a twice-convicted burglar, came days after Hamilton County authorities unsealed an indictment charging him in the October 1999 rape of a 29-year-old Symmes Township woman.

        A DNA database compiled by the state identified Mr. Price as the suspect after an analysis of 22,000 DNA samples taken from Ohio inmates since 1997.

        The DNA match involving Mr. Price was the first time the new database identified a suspect since the analysis was completed last month, state officials said.

        In Warren County, Mr. Price is charged with aggravated burglary, rape, at tempted rape and robbery in the attack on a woman in her Millbank Row home in the Landen area of Deerfield Township.

        He faces charges of aggravated burglary, rape, aggravated robbery and attempted murder in Hamilton County.

        Mr. Price, now incarcerated at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, was out of prison on shock probation when the attacks occurred.

        The DNA in the Symmes and Deerfield attacks did not match that of a serial rapist tied to the sexual assaults of four girls and a 27-year-old woman since 1998 in Mason, Colerain Township and Montgomery.


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