Man indicted for 1997 rape at Beatty Park

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Joseph Carter was formally charged Thursday for allegedly raping a woman in a Columbus park 19 years ago.

Columbus police say DNA evidence recovered after an 18-year-old woman was raped in a park in August 1997 was linked to Carter last September. Carter was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma several weeks ago.

The Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Carter on one count of rape with repeat violent offender specification (F1) and one count kidnapping with repeat violent offender specification (F1).

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Carter faces “a potential sentence in excess of 20 years in prison.”

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