DNA leads to charges in girl's 2006 rape
Houston police say DNA testing has led to charges against a Texas inmate from Pasadena in the 2006 kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old Clear Lake girl, according to this Houston Chronicle article.
Kenneth Ray Pool, 62, is charged in the 248th State District Court with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, which could carry a life sentence. Pool is already in prison at the Boyd Unit in Teague for a couple of Pasadena robberies and a rush-hour police chase on Beltway 8 that happened just days after the rape.
The Houston Police Department gave the following account of what happened four years ago, starting with the girl's abduction from a Clear Lake townhome at Highway 3 and Pineloch:
On July 12, 2006, a 12-year-old female was kidnapped from her residence in the 15000 block of Old Galveston Road by an unknown male suspect, who claimed to be a law enforcement officer. The victim's hands and face were bound and she was then taken to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted. The suspect then released her at the 3800 block of Red Bluff, in Pasadena.
An HPD investigation into this case was opened and victim statements and evidence were collected. DNA evidence entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) identified Pool as the suspect in this case. Investigators obtained DNA evidence from Pool and a match was confirmed. He was charged on May 18.
Pool has been in prison almost the entire time since the rape.
He received a 15-year sentence for grabbing two purses in a hair salon on July 20, 2006, an incident that took place just eight days after the girl's assault.
He also received a 30-year sentence for trying to rob a Pasadena dry cleaners the day after the salon robbery. In that incident, he led police on a high-profile rush-hour chase, firing at a police car and ramming several vehicles before plunging his pickup into a bayou off Beltway 8.
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