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Man charged 17 years after 'sickening' assault of disabled woman

Brian Sundin (Source: Warren County Prosecutor's Office) Brian Sundin (Source: Warren County Prosecutor's Office)
WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A former Mason resident has been charged in connection to a 17-year-old rape case involving a disabled woman.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell on Thursday announced the indictment of Brian L. Sundin, 42.

Investigators say Sundin sexually assaulted a resident of the Brookside Extended Care Center in Mason in July 2000. The victim was non-verbal, functioned at the level of an infant, and required total support for all necessary life functions and activities, according to Fornshell.

"Brookside Extended Care is pleased that the city of Mason has continued to pursue this case and to finally have answers. Most importantly, we are glad our residents family will have closure after all these years," Administrator Kim Russell said in a statement. 

Crime labs found blood and semen in the victim’s diaper and entered the DNA into the nationwide CODIS database. 16 years later, the testing results “hit” on Sundin’s DNA profile that was entered by the Florida Department of Corrections.

A Warren County Grand Jury then indicted Sundin, but the rape charge was kept secret until Sundin’s recent arrest in Tennessee. 

His brother, who asked not to be named, said Sundin has been arrested numerous times, and in many cases used his name.

He said he used his identity so much that at one point he was a suspect.

"I had to take a DNA test to clear myself. To make sure I was not the same person," he said. 

The victim died in 2011, according to Fornshell.

“It’s sickening to think that there are people out there capable of doing something like that to someone who suffered so much in everyday life. My heart breaks for the victim and her family knowing what she went through,” Fornshell said. “Obviously, this case is still in the very early stages. But, I’m so grateful that advances in technology have given us the ability to bring to justice offenders who would commit these types of heinous crimes."

Fornshell stated that his office has initiated the process to extradite Sundin from Tennessee to Warren County, but the exact date for the extradition and subsequent arraignment on the rape charge is currently unknown.

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