Man wanted in 1996 Cleveland rape case pleads guilty to Akron assault

AKRON, Ohio - A Cleveland man pleaded guilty to one count of rape in the Summit County court Wednesday.

Larry McGowan was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in November on West Market Street in Akron.

McGowan was also wanted for several rape cases and one rape and murder case in the city of Cleveland dating back to 1996.

The DNA collected by police after McGowan's arrest in November matched the DNA obtained by officers in the Cleveland rape cases.

Judge Judy Hunter has ordered a pre-sentence investigation and the sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

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