Rapist sentenced almost 40 years after the crime

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who raped a woman in Lexington nearly 40 years ago has been sentenced.

The Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says 64-year-old Donald Berlin is the first offender in Fayette County charged as a result of Kentucky’s SAFE Kit Backlog Program.

The rape happened in 1981. Berlin broke into the 18-year-old victim’s home while she was asleep. He was wearing a bandanna on his face and told her not to fight or he would hurt her. He then forced her to the floor, raped her and left. The victim called the police and went to Central Baptist Hospital for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE).

The sexual assault kit was untested until 2016. Investigators were able to get DNA results from the incident through the New York County District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program. The Kentucky State Police Central Laboratory Branch issued the final report for prosecution in December 2018.

Berlin has been in prison since 1982 for other crimes, including rape, burglary, and bank robbery.

On Friday, Berlin was sentenced in Fayette County to 20 years.

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