Registered sex offender charged in 30 year old rape case

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A 61-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a woman almost 30 years ago, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said.

Roger Dale Honeycutt was arrested at his home in Kannapolis by the CMPD Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and the Kannapolis Police after his DNA matched DNA in a rape kit from 1981.

Police said Honeycutt broke into a home in the 3400 block of Sharon Amity Road on January 27, 1981 and raped a woman sleeping on a couch.

The victim was taken to Carolina Medical Center where a rape kit was performed, police said.

The CMPD's Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit charged Honeycutt with first degree burglary, second degree rape and second degree sex offense.

Detectives reviewed the case on December 8, 2011 and resubmitted the rape kit to the CMPD Crime Lab for analysis. on January 5, investigators were notified that Honeycutt's DNA was a match.

Honeycutt was free on bond at the time of his arrest for an another rape he was charged with in October 2010, which happened on February 21, 1981, police said.

Police said in that case, the suspect entered a home in the 2500 block of Eastway Drive and raped a woman who was sleeping on her couch.

The victim, who was five months pregnant at the time, told police she was awakened by a man straddling her. He husband and young daughter were asleep upstairs.

According to police, the suspect grabbed the woman's face and told her if she didn't scream, she wouldn't be hurt.

The victim was forced to submit to multiple sex acts, police said, and the suspect then rifled through her purse and her husband's coat before leaving the house.

The CMPD's Crime Lab examined the rape kit in March of 1981 and remained open until a DNA profile matched Honeycutt in August 2010.

Honeycutt's DNA had been entered into the Combined DNA Index System after he was arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in 2005.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released from a federal prison on November 24, 2008. Honeycutt registered as a sex offender one day later.

The Cold Case Unit continues to investigate whether Honeycutt may be involved in additional cases.

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