CLEVELAND - A man already in prison for rape and kidnapping is now accused of attacking four more women in Cleveland.
The new, four-count indictment against Charles Steele, 60, is part of the cold case unit's investigation into the rapes of women during a 12-month period in 1993 and 1994. He faces four counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping
"Mr. Steele demonstrates why it is so important to test every single untested rape kit sitting on the shelves at the Cleveland Police Department," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. "There are more violent, serial rapists like this man just waiting to be discovered. And we want to accelerate the pace of our investigations and take them off the streets before they rape again. It's a big day to get this guy, and there are going to be more like him."
In March 1993, Steele held a 28-year-old woman at gunpoint and forced her into an abandoned garage on Union Avenue, where he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. Just months later, in September, he allegedly attacked a 47-year-old woman in the area of East 79th Street and Chester Avenue.
Prosecutor said Steele struck again when he asked to walk with a 23-year-old woman in November 1993. The victim was pulled behind Martin Luther King. Jr. High School and raped, according to a release from the prosecutor's office.
Steele held a knife and a gun to a 27-year-old victim near Lakeview Avenue and St. Clair in March 1994. Steele is accused of sexually assaulting the woman before telling her to star walking and not turn around.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation matched DNA samples to Steele, who is serving 15 to 50 years for a case out of Hamilton County. He will be arraigned on Friday.