Man gets 10 years in prison after DNA links him to 3 sex crimes

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Wilyie McCarty By Alicia Barron Wilyie McCarty By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- A man linked by DNA to three old sex crimes in Phoenix learned his fate on Tuesday.

Wilyie McCarty will spend 10 years in prison and will be on lifetime supervised probation after pleading guilty to one count of sexual assault, two counts of attempted sexual assault, one count of kidnapping and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

DNA evidence linked McCarty to the assaults of two teenage girls and a 4-year-old child in 1996 and 1997.

A 16-year-old girl was attacked and raped as she walked home through a football field at South Mountain High School on Dec. 3, 1996.

A 19-year-old victim was physically assaulted and raped while on duty as a security guard at an apartment complex in central Phoenix on March 11, 1997.

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

His mother thought McCarty had sexual contact with a 4-year-old relative, which he denied. He was not arrested and there was no follow-up investigation.

McCarty was sentenced Tuesday to two 10-year concurrent terms for the sexual assault and kidnapping charges, and lifetime probation on the two counts of attempted sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual conduct.