Man found guilty of raping Russian teen

December 08, 2007|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter

A 39-year-old Baltimore man was found guilty yesterday of raping and assaulting a Russian teenager who was living in Anne Arundel County as part of a work exchange program in 2002.

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury found Kelroy Williamson of the 800 block of Jeffrey St., who was linked to the crime through DNA evidence, guilty on charges of first-degree rape and assault. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen E. Rogers said after the verdict, "I'm thrilled. Mostly for [the victim]. DNA is such a wonderful tool."

Williamson's family vowed to appeal the verdict.

"We believe in his innocence," said his sister, Angela Muse of Glen Burnie. "We don't fault the victim. But she identified the wrong man. The truth will come out. It's just a delay."

About 5 a.m. Sept. 21, 2002, the 19-year-old was walking to work at a Severn McDonald's from her home in Pioneer City, where she lived with others while she participated in a job-exchange program, when she was pulled into a wooded area and beaten, choked and sexually assaulted. For years, the case went unsolved.

Last year, police said, Williamson's DNA, which had been collected in a 1994 rape case that has since been resolved, was entered into the FBI's national DNA database. Williamson's 1994 sample matched the DNA in the 2002 rape, and he was arrested and charged, prosecutors said.

The woman returned to Russia about two weeks after the assault, but came back to the U.S. to testify. The Sun does not identify victims of sexual assault.

She is expected to deliver her victim impact statement to the court Monday, then return to Russia.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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