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Southern California man charged with 1995 sex assaults

January 15, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Southern California man with sexually assaulting a woman and two girls, including a 9-year-old, after identifying him through genealogical DNA.

Orange County prosecutors on Monday charged Kevin Konther of Highland with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in 1995 as she walked home at night in Lake Forest.

He’s also charged with the 1998 rape of a woman jogger in the same city. Both victims were dragged into bushes and attacked.

Konther’s also charged with committing lewd acts against a 12-year-old acquaintance in 2002 and 2003.

He could face a potential life sentence if convicted. He remains jailed and it’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Investigators say they arrested Konther after using DNA techniques similar to those used to catch the suspected Golden State Killer.

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