A Pierce County judge dismissed rape charges today against a man accused of assaulting a fellow jail inmate after DNA testing found no evidence the two had sexual contact.
Andre L. Bonds, 39, had maintained his innocence against the rape allegations, his attorney Bryan Hershman said Friday.
Prosecutors had charged Bonds with three counts of second-degree rape after a man he’d shared a cell with reported earlier this year that Bonds had sexually assaulted him three times after guards locked down the jail for the night.
At the time, Bonds was in custody awaiting trial in connection with the 2010 crackdown against alleged members of the Hilltop Crips. He later pleaded guilty to riot and conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting in that case and was sentenced to five years in prison.
After the rape charges were filed, forensic scientists conducted more extensive DNA testing on three samples taken from the victim and his clothing.
The samples identified DNA from people other than Bonds, Hershman said.
“They could not identify my client’s DNA in the group,” Hershman said of one of the samples.
Bonds will remain in custody for his conviction in the Hilltop Crips crackdown and in a 2009 first-degree assault case.