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DNA test leads to rape arrest
Incident allegedly occurred October 2018
Rasean Garrod Fulwood
Rasean Garrod Fulwood

Eight months after a juvenile told police she was raped, DNA test results led to the arrest of a man the girl said sexually assaulted her.

Statesboro police arrested Rasean Garrod Fulwood, of Zetterower Road, Monday, charging him with rape, said Statesboro police Capt. Jared Akins.

Officers met with the juvenile and her mother Oct. 5, 2018, and they both said the assault took place at a home on Zetterower Road. 

"The juvenile indicated that she had been assaulted by an adult family friend," whom she identified as Fulwood, Akins said. "A sexual assault examination was conducted at the Teal House (sexual assault counseling center) and detectives began their investigation."

The test was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah. It is not unusual for test results to take several months to be returned, due to backlog and other factors, he said. 

"After testing by the GBI's crime lab, detectives were able to develop probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for rape for Fulwood."

Monday, Statesboro police Impact Team officers found Fulwood, 37, and took him into custody. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond, awaiting further court appearances, according to jail records.

Further charges are possible after review by the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, Akins said.

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

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