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Clearing of sexual assault kit backlog leads to charges in 2010 Boone County case

Sexual Assault Evidence Collection
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Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office worked with 169 law enforcement agencies to clear backlogs of untested, reported sexual assault kits has led to charges in three cases including a case from July 2010 in Boone County.

A Boone County prosecutor has charged Andrew Barbee with forcible rape — sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion.

The victim reported that Barbee was a friend and not in a relationship together but that Barbee was in her bedroom the night of the assault, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Barbee was sitting next to the victim and then forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her.

The victim then went to a hospital where she had a sexual assault exam and a kit was collected.

On Oct. 27, 2010, investigators spoke with Barbee and he denied having sex with the victim. Charges were never filed and the sexual assault kit was never sent to the lab for analysis.

In March 2020, the kit was tested by a private lab and the DNA identified in it was entered into CODIS. On Feb. 17, 2021, a CODIS hit showed a match to Barbee who was incarcerated at a state prison.

In March 2021, a cheek swab was taken from Barbee and in Dec. 2021 the swab matched the DNA profile from the victim’s sexual assault kit, according to court documents.

According to a release by the attorney general's office, Barbee was in CODIS because he was previously charged in Warrensburg with statutory rape and sodomy.

Online court records show Barbee has a public defender defending him.

Barbee is scheduled for arraignment on April 25.

Article Topic Follows: Sexual

Karl Wehmhoener

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