Suspect arrested in sexual battery case open for 22 years with DNA evidence

Lee Herald Favicon 16DNA evidence has led to an arrest an in open case of sexual battery against a minor dating back over two decades, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday.

In a release published on Wednesday, deputies announced the arrest of Paul Shannon Jacob, now 46, saying that DNA evidence linked him to a 1995 sexual battery case. According to the release, he was served with a warrant and arrested on Tuesday, charged with sexual battery of a minor.

According to the release, the DNA match was discovered as part of the National Institute of Justice Project, meant to resolve a backlog of rape kits used for sexual assault cases.

“We’ve come a long way with DNA analysis since 1995,” Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said in the release. “Both Sheriff Scott and I, above all else, recognize the need to remove violent offenders from the streets and neighborhoods of Lee County.”

In the release, the victim claimed that a black male in a red vehicle offered her a ride to a local restaurant to get something to eat. But instead, the suspect allegedly drove the victim to a wooded area near Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard and committed sexual battery on the victim, before dropping her off at a nearby apartment complex.

Jacob is being held at the Lee County Jail without bond.

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