DNA leads to charges against Kansas man in 1991 Kansas City rape

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas man is charged in Missouri with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in a Kansas City park 23 years ago in 1991.

Court documents say the girl had pulled over to sleep in a parking lot after drinking at a concert. When she woke, she was in the backseat of a stranger’s car with two men who were taking her jewelry and money. Court documents say they drove her to Swope Park where three of the men ordered her out of the car and onto a park bench where she was sexually assaulted.

The Jackson County prosecutor says DNA testing led to the arrest of 42-year-old Maurice Parnell Webber, of Overland Park, Kan. Webber was being held Wednesday on $250,000 bond on multiple charges of rape and sodomy, and did not have a lawyer.

“We are very fortunate in the metropolitan area to have law enforcement and prosecutors that are paying attention to this issue, and are seeking to hold perpetrators of sexual violence accountable,” Angie Blumel said.

Cold case arrests don’t always bring closure for the victims, Blumel said.

“Think about it — 1991. This person has perhaps — and many survivors whose perpetrators are caught later have — moved on. So life has moved forward, and to be contacted and be told your perpetrator has been apprehended or caught, ‘we’re going to bring charges’ could be quite surprising and upsetting,” she said.

She adds that news about one cold case arrest could even reopen wounds for other survivors, forcing them to relive their ordeal as well.

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