- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Allegheny County district attorney has dropped charges that a New York man raped two Pittsburgh women in 1992 because the statute of limitations has expired.

Sixty-two-year-old Arthur Fryar, of Brooklyn, was arrested in September 2013 after Pittsburgh police say a DNA sample he submitted to a national database after an unrelated New York arrest linked him to the Pittsburgh attacks.

Fryar’s public defender challenged the charges because the statute of limitations was just five years when the rapes occurred. The Legislature changed the statute of limitations for rape to 12 years in 2002, but did not make it retroactive.

The new statute also included an exception that gives prosecutors up to a year to file charges if DNA links someone to a rape after the 12-year limit - but the exception isn’t retroactive either.

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