DNA match leads to rape charge in 2016 case

Arthur Norman Jr.
Arthur Norman Jr. Kansas City Police Department

A 57-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with rape after a DNA match linked him to a sexual assault in August, 2016.

Arthur Norman Jr. was charged Wednesday as a persistent offender, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced, which means if Norman is convicted his sentence could extend to life without parole.

A Kansas City woman reported to police that she had been raped in her home around 2 a.m. Aug. 3, 2016, court records show. A man had forced entry into her locked bedroom while she slept, she said, and then held a knife against her throat.

After the attack, the woman went to a hospital and underwent a sexual assault examination.

A lab report by the Kansas City Police Crime Lab processed Jan. 11 — nearly 2 1/2 years after the assault — found that the genetic profile of evidence gathered in the woman’s examination matched Norman’s genetic profile. Norman is a registered sex offender.

Norman, when questioned by police, said he knew the victim but he denied having any sexual contact or relationship with the victim and said he had not been in her home.

The Missouri Highway Patrol’s sex offender registry shows that Norman previously was convicted of three counts of attempted rape and one count each of child molestation and sexual misconduct.