After An 11-Year Rape Kit Delay, Sex Offender Arrested For Teen's Brutal Rape And Kidnapping

Darin Bolar was already labeled a sex offender for raping a teen at an amusement park in 1993.

Prosecutors have charged a man with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old Seattle girl in 2007 after delayed testing of her decade-old rape kit turned up a DNA match.

Darin Bolar, 52, was charged Monday in King County Superior Court. He's accused of beating, raping and kidnapping the girl for two days in Seattle. She escaped and contacted police.

Prosecutors say forensic evidence was collected from the girl at a Seattle hospital following the October 2007 attack. But that sexual assault kit wasn't tested until 2017, apparently because of the backlog in rape kit testing at the state's crime lab.

Even before the 2007 attack, Bolar was already labeled a Level III sex offender after a 1993 conviction for raping a 14-year-old girl at an amusement park, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In the 2007 attack, Bolar allegedly pulled the 14-year-old victim into a backyard while she was looking for a pay phone and raped her. He allegedly used a garden hose attached to the yard’s house and forced it in the girl's vagina in an apparent attempt to clear her of DNA evidence after the assault. Bolar then allegedly kidnapped her and kept her in his home for the next two days, threatening to kill her if she left, the Post-Intelligencer reported. The girl said he raped and beat her at least seven times.

The victim's rape kit was stored among a backlog of over 1,000 other untested rape kits, according to KOMO News in Seattle. The test was finally examined in December 2017. This year, a DNA profile developed from the victim's rape kit was matched to the defendant's profile in a database.

In 2015, then-Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole announced an initiative to test backlogged kits. Only 365 out of 1,641 rape kits administered in the decade before her announcement had been tested by the State Patrol crime lab, according to KOMO News.

Prosecutors say Bolar has numerous convictions including for robbery, assault and theft. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo: Department of Corrections]

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