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DNA sends man to prison for rape

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. -- DNA evidence collected in October 2007 put a man in prison recently, according to a South Georgia Judicial Circuit report.

Chief Judge A. Wallace Cato sentenced Charlie B. Venisee to 20 years in prison on April 29 for a rape in Bainbridge, the report stated.

It also said Venisee must serve the first 10 years of the sentence before he can petition for parole.

"Unfortunately, offenders often escape justice due to heightened expectations of the general public due to shows like CSI, but in this case it worked to our advantage," South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joe Mulholland said.

"Once we were able to positively identify the offender through DNA, we knew we would be able to bring closure to the victim and keep this sexual predator away for the next decade."

Bainbridge Public Safety and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation retrieved a DNA sample from the victim in 2007. Investigators exhausted all leads, but the sample remained unmatched.

In February 2010, CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System, found a match. The system searches through the DNA gathered from prisoners.

Venisee had been arrested prior to the rape charge, the report stated. He was matched to the 2007 rapist's DNA and charged with the crime.