- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Utah man suspected of raping a 12-year-old Eugene girl has been arrested after DNA linked him to the rape.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1wb6vhF ) Anthony Wayne Meredith of Park City was jailed this week on charges of first- and second-degree rape and first and second-degree sodomy. The 22-year-old Meredith was arraigned Thursday and entered a not guilty plea.

Investigators say in 2008 the victim along with her sister and cousin went to a park to feed ducks. Police say a boy invited the girls to play hide-and-seek and the boy’s stepbrother, then 16-year-old Meredith, joined them.

Police say Meredith pushed the 12-year-old to the ground and raped and sodomized her as the children screamed. The victim told her mother and police collected DNA.

In August, the DNA sample matched Meredith.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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