Pregnant Grand Rapids Woman Raped, DNA Reveals Suspect

Recently, a 21-year-old Grand Rapids man was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon and other crimes after it was determined through DNA evidence that he raped a 22-year-old pregnant woman as she was walking from the bus stop to her home after work, according to a news article at Mlive.com. pregnancy-close-up-1372512-m

The alleged victim said that as she was walking, she heard someone quickly approaching from behind. She felt something being pressed against her neck, which the offender told her was a gun. The woman was six months pregnant, and said that she dropped her handbag and told the man to take anything, as she did not want her baby hurt. According to the woman, the man told her to shut up, that he would have no problem killing her. The man has now been identified as Martae Davon Rose after forensic testing showed that the DNA taken from the woman belonged to a man who gave a DNA sample following a 2012 conviction for attempted burglary.

The woman testified that during the October rape, Rose asked her if she was really pregnant before removing her pants and raping her. She said that he told her to stay quiet if anyone came by the area, that if anyone heard her, he would shoot her. In addition to first-degree CSC involving a weapon, Rose is charged with assault with intent to rob while armed, and unlawful imprisonment.

It is impossible to dispute DNA evidence, and this a horrific crime, particularly given that the woman is pregnant. However, Michigan sex crime attorneys know that there are countless situations in which innocent individuals are accused of rape and similar crimes. Without DNA or other compelling evidence, it is difficult to determine whether the alleged victim or perpetrator is telling the truth. Often times, innocent people are accused of sexual assault or other heinous crimes out of retaliation, jealousy, or spite. For instance, one parent of a child/children may accuse the other of child molestation in an effort to gain sole custody of the children. People do devious things when it supports their own motives.

If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, it is urgent that you take action immediately to protect your freedom, reputation, and future. Contact an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney who will thoroughly review your case and help you determine the best way to proceed.