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Man makes first court appearance in decade-old Tacoma rape case

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 23, 2012 at 7:32 am with No Comments
May 31, 2012 12:20 pm

A 38-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a Tacoma woman nearly a decade ago was arraigned in the case Tuesday.

Brian Brent, who has been in prison on unrelated charges, was ordered held in Pierce County Jail on $750,000 bail.

Prosecutors have charged Brent with first-degree rape, first-degree burglary with sexual motivation and second-degree assault with sexual motivation in the June 2, 2002, incident.

Prosecutors allege a DNA sample taken after Brent’s prior conviction matched evidence from the rape case.

In that incident, a woman told police she’d left a door of her home in the 5000 block North Bristol Street unlocked for her boyfriend and went to sleep.

She woke an hour later to find an intruder standing over her. The intruder sexually assaulted the woman, then left.

The victim underwent a sexual assault exam at a local hospital. Evidence was collected and sent to the state crime lab.

Brent’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 29.