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DNA leads to rape arrest
Police: Incident occurred at Knight's Inn with child present
Moses Jamaree Key

DNA test results led to a Bulloch County man’s arrest on rape charges, police said.

Moses Jamaree Key, of Highway 46, was taken into custody Wednesday, said Statesboro police Detective Sgt. Patrick Haralson.

A woman reported in May that Key, 23, forced her to have a sexual encounter in a hotel room, he said. The incident allegedly happened after a gathering of several people and took place in the presence of a 3-year-old child, he said.

The victim, who said she has a child by Key, told detectives she went with him to a gathering at Knight’s Inn. However, at some point in the evening “everyone left but (the victim and Key),” Haralson said.

The woman told police the encounter was non-consensual and took place “while the child was in the room,” he said. It was not clear whether the child was Key’s offspring.

The victim was apparently taken to a hospital or clinic after reporting the incident, and a DNA sample was taken.

Once the results of the test were returned, a detective located Key and placed him under arrest. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond pending further court action, according to jail records.

Further charges are possible as the investigation continues, Haralson said.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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