Man indicted in 3 unsolved sex crimes from over 10 years ago

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A man has been indicted on three unsolved sex crimes that took place in 1996 and 1997.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced Wednesday the indictment of Wilyie McCarty, 29, after Phoenix Police Cold Case detectives matched his DNA with profiles stored in a Combined DNA Index System known as CODIS.

McCarty was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and one count of child molestation.

“I commend the Phoenix police for their tireless efforts to solve these horrible crimes,” Montgomery said. “This is a prime example of our close cooperation with law enforcement and reflects our shared commitment to use every available tool to pursue justice in each and every case, no matter how long it takes.”

The first crime allegedly occurred Dec. 3, 1996, involving a 16-year-old girl who was attacked and raped as she walked home through a football field at South Mountain High School.

The second crime took place March 11, 1997, when a 19-year-old victim was physically assaulted and raped while on duty as a security guard at a central Phoenix apartment complex.

The third crime was reported on Dec. 16, 1997, when police were called to the suspect’s mother’s home where he was residing at the time.

His mother thought McCarty had sexual contact with his stepsister. The suspect denied it. He was not arrested and there was no follow-up investigation.

When DNA from the crime scenes was submitted into the CODIS database in 2003, it revealed a link between the first two crimes.

The results confirming McCarty’s link to the three crimes were not available until just before his November 2010 release from jail on unrelated charges.

He faces up to 105 years behind bars if convicted on all counts.