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Genealogy Research: Successful Convictions of a Serial Rapist
Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:45:00 PM UTC - 7:00:00 PM UTC
Duration: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)
SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, 'Genealogy Research: Successful Convictions of a Serial Rapist', on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET. Doors will open at 1:45pm ET. 
This webinar will focus on four separate incidents that occurred from 2007 – 2012, including three first-degree rapes, a first-degree sex assault, and an attempted first-degree sex assault. These five cases were all committed by the same suspect, and DNA evidence connected four of these five incidents. 

The presenter will tell how these incidents occurred during the late night hours in the Germantown & Gaithersburg areas of Montgomery County, Maryland. Two of the victims were elderly women, one who lived alone, and one who was raped on two separate occasions. Investigators, uniformed patrol and plainclothes surveillance teams worked tirelessly on these cases with no success until the fall of 2018.  In September 2018, the Montgomery County Police Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit received a genealogy report from Parabon Labs.  Contained in this report was the name of a person who shared DNA with the suspect in these incidents at a level equal to being a first cousin twice removed or equivalent.  Investigators worked this match to a male that fit perfectly in the family tree at the equivalent spot. The suspect had a violent criminal history, and information searches showed that he was still living in the area.  Investigators obtained a sample of DNA from this suspect, and the sample was compared to the evidence samples in all four cases.  The DNA was a match.  This suspect was arrested and charged with these four offenses, and ultimately plead guilty on February 6th, 2019.
 
The main objectives for this webinar are to increase understanding of how genealogy can be used effectively in sex-related crimes, and learn how genealogy research/investigation can bring new leads to decades-old cold cases.

Speaker

Steven Smugeresky, Police Officer III
Steven Smugeresky, Police Officer III, Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland. 
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K021 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.