DNA links HPD officer to alleged sex assault

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 3:56 PM

HOUSTON -- A Houston police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty has been linked to the alleged crime via DNA evidence.

Officer Adan Jimenez Carranza on Friday was being held at the Harris County Jail. The 32-year-old’s bond was set at $30,000.

An attorney for him was not listed in jail records.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Carranza was charged with aggravated sexual assault after a June 18 traffic accident.

The 39-year-old victim told police the uniformed officer handcuffed her and allegedly raped her in his patrol car’s back seat.

Prosecutors said the Carranza then drove the woman to jail where he booked her for reckless driving.

Investigators say DNA collected from the victim and patrol car’s back seat tied the officer to the assault.

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