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CROWN POINT — A Chicago man has been linked through DNA to the sexual assault four years ago of a 16-year-old Gary girl, according to court records. 

Montez R. Lee, 36, was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with rape and criminal confinement, both felony offenses. 

Lee allegedly approached the girl from behind Dec. 12, 2013, as she walked to her home in Gary, records state. 

The girl said the man punched her, pulled out a handgun and dragged her behind a building, records state. 

He forced the girl onto a table and sexually assaulted her, records state. After the man fled the scene, the girl went to a nearby store and called her mother. 

The girl was treated at a Gary hospital, where a DNA sample was collected. The DNA was entered into the FBI's national database, where it remained for three years. 

On Oct. 19, 2016, an assistant state attorney in Cook County, Illinois, contacted Gary and said Lee was in custody for an unrelated sexual assault. 

He was charged in that case with using a gun to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl in a Chicago alley, the Chicago Tribune reported

The assistant state attorney said Rodger's DNA matched with DNA collected from the Gary sexual assault, records state.  

Gary police met with the Gary victim and her family June 30, 2017, and informed her of the DNA match, records state. 

A warrant was issued Wednesday for Lee.

Lee was charged in April 2004 in Lake Criminal Court with attempted murder, robbery and three counts of felony battery, records state.

Lee was found not guilty at trial in December 2004 of the attempted murder offense, but guilty of the other charges, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. 

His bond on the new charges is $90,000, according to court records. 


Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.