DA: DNA links former law-enforcement officer to decades-old Solvay sexual assault

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A suspect linked to a violent sexual assault in the village of Solvay that police have been investigating for more than two decades is finally in custody.

The victim was a child at the time of the attack.

"21 years ago, this little girl had her childhood taken away from her," District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said.

On Tuesday, 53-year-old former jail deputy Jack Doolittle was arraigned in Onondaga County Court on charges including:

- Two counts of first-degree sodomy

- First-degree attempted rape

- Kidnapping

- Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon

- Child endangerment

- First-degree sex abuse

Doolittle pleaded not guilty, and was taken into custody without bail.

He is scheduled to return to court on May 29.

The alleged incident occurred in 1997, and he was initially indicted in January 2002.

Because potential charges were on the verge of expiring under the statute of limitations, the DA's indicted the DNA bar code connected to the suspect.

The DNA bar code remained in the database and when Doolittle was recently arrested on drug charges, he submitted DNA that was linked to the 1997 assault..

Doolittle was already in custody when he was arrested in connection with the sexual assault.

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