PRESS RELEASE, 8/26/2005

Serial Rapist Indicted by Hamilton County Grand Jury

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced today that a man linked by DNA evidence to a series of rapes and kidnappings stretching across northern Hamilton, Warren, and Clinton counties has now been indicted by a Hamilton Countygrand jury for two separate incidents that took place in 1999.

Dean Strunk of Butler County was indicted for Rape, Aggravated Burglary, Kidnapping, and Gross Sexual Imposition. He is currently incarcerated in Warren County awaiting a September trial on similar allegations. Since the early 1990�s, the serial rapist has preyed on these communities until his recent apprehension in Butler County.

The Hamilton County matters occurred in July, 1999, when the indictment alleges that Strunk broke into a Montgomery home, abducted a six year old girl, brought her to the backyard to perform sex acts and then fled the scene. Three months later in October, 1999, Strunk broke into a Colerain Township home, removed a 10 year old and followed the same pattern of conduct as that in the Montgomery case.

Strunk was ultimately arrested by Warren County authorities and was charged for separate Rape offenses in Warren and Clinton counties. A DNA match led local authorities to Strunk. If convicted in Hamilton County, Strunk faces 45 years to Life in prison for those charges.

"This type of predator belongs in prison for the remainder of his life", said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters.