Warren County rape cold case solved after more than 16 years

A Warren County man was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in prison for the rape of a developmentally disabled adult woman more than 16 years ago.

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Brian Sundin, 58, formerly of Mason, was also classified a sexual predator by Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Peeler.

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In October, Sundin plead guilty to one count of rape, a first-degree felony, for the 2000 rape of a severely developmentally disabled adult female resident at the Brookside Extended Care Center in Mason.

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Sundin is believed to have made entry to the facility through a single doorway that was discovered to be unsecured at the time.

The female victim died in 2011, but at the time of the alleged rape, she was non-verbal, functioned at the level of an infant, and required total support for all necessary life functions and activities, according to a press release from the Warren County prosecutor’s office.

The case had been unsolved for more than 16 years until officials from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office tested a diaper and, in addition to blood, discovered the presence of semen. State officials tested the semen for DNA, entered the DNA testing results into the nationwide CODIS database, and the testing results “hit” a match with Sundin’s DNA profile that was entered by the Florida Department of Corrections.

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