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01-26-2017, 07:15 AM

Port Huron Man Charged With Kidnapping, Multiple Sex Assaults After Old Rape Kits Processed
January 26, 2017 6:52 AM

DETROIT (WWJ) – A Port Huron man is facing multiple charges, including several counts of rape, for a crimes that allegedly occurred nearly six years ago, and authorities say the delay in the case was caused by failing to process rape kits.

Anthony Thornton, 46, was charged Tuesday in 36th District Court with kidnapping, multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment in two separate cases.

It is alleged that, on April 20, 2010, Thornton met his first victim, a lesbian, at a homeless shelter in Detroit. The victim accompanied Thornton and two other men to an abandoned house to drink and smoke. When victim attempted to leave, prosecutors say Thornton and the other men allegedly held her down and took turns raping her. The victim had a rape kit collected, but the kit was not processed until March 20, 2015. Officials say DNA pulled from the kit matched a sample previously given by Thornton.

It is also alleged that, on March 8, 2011, Thornton’s second victim was invited to a home in Detroit by a friend. When the victim arrived, the friend was not there but Thornton was. Prosecutors say Thornton allegedly overpowered the victim and raped her. Thornton allegedly only stopped his attack when he heard someone at the door, at which time the victim was able to escape through a back window and immediately reported the crime. Her rape kit was recently processed, and DNA matched Thornton’s profile, according to officials. The victim also identified Thornton as her attacker.

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