CMPD charges man accused of sexually assaulting teen more than 20 years ago

CMPD charges man accused of sexually assaulting teen more than 20 years ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said it has charged a man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in 1995.

Detectives with the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit have charged 52-year-old Christopher Lynn McNear.

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Detectives said the 17-year-old victim was walking home from work on North Tryon Street on July 14, 1995 when a man with a knife grabbed her, forced her behind a business and sexually assaulted her.

Police said a sexual assault kit was collected and tested back in 1995, but additional testing was performed this year as part of a federal grant.

Police said DNA evidence identified McNear as the suspect.

McNear is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. He is already a registered sex offender.

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