Man Gets Prison for Raping Church Worker

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David M. Anderson, 25. (Photo Credit: Summit County Jail)

David M. Anderson, 25. (Photo Credit: Summit County Jail)

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man on Tuesday was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the rape and kidnapping of a woman who was on her way to volunteer at her church.

David M. Anderson, 25, was found guilty of felony rape and kidnapping on September 7, 2012.

According to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, Anderson drove by the woman several times on the morning of May 15. She was walking to her church, where she worked as a cook.

After some time, Anderson pulled into a parking lot and started talking to the woman. He offered her a ride to the church, and she accepted, a news release stated.

That’s when, Walsh says, Anderson assaulted the woman, then pulled out of view into the driveway of an abandoned house. He then continued to assault her and threatened to shoot her, before he raped her, Walsh said.

The woman managed to escape the car as police arrived. A neighbor had called 911 to report hearing a woman screaming “stop” several times. The caller also claimed to have seen Anderson’s car pull into the driveway.

Anderson told police that nothing had happened in the car and that he knew the woman, despite not knowing her name. His DNA was later located on the woman’s t-shirt, sweatshirt and sweatpants. Her DNA was also found on him.

Further details were not immediately released.

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