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13 years later, Rochester man arrested for rape

Rochester, N.Y. - An indictment unsealed Tuesday accused a Rochester man of raping a woman back in 2000.

34-year-old Mario Alvarado was charged with first-degree rape and sodomy for an attack against a Rochester woman over 13 years ago.

Authorities determined Alvarados involvement in the April 2000 rape after his DNA returned a match using the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, a national DNA database used to catalog and compare the DNA of convicted criminals with biological evidence found at crime scenes.

Authorities learned of the match in December 2012. While they continued to investigate Alvarado was just getting out of state prison, in February 2013, and he then fled the state and went into hiding.

Deputy U.S. Marshals discovered him living in Connecticut in July. He was then brought to Monroe County this month and arraigned Tuesday morning on criminal charges that carry the possibility of 25 years in prison if hes convicted.

"We are constantly getting CODIS hits, technology and science is ever-evolving, we're always able to then go back and look at cases, Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Buckley said. We're able to then go back and say this is a case that we have more evidence on and we may be able to do something now so there is always hope out there.

The home invasion rape occurred in April 2000 and 13WHAM News learned that state prison records show Alvarado, who also goes by the name Mario Mateo, was released from state prison in March 2000 after serving about one year on a burglary conviction.

State prison records also show that Alvarado returned to state prison in 2001 for another burglary conviction. Despite a seven year sentence Alvarado served the better part of ten years thanks to four different parole violations that sent him back to prison.

He was most recently released in February 2013.

Initially we did not have any leads, A.D.A. Buckley said. This was a stranger that came into this woman's house, so she was not aware of this person so we didn't have any actual leads as to who it would be at that time."

Alvarado is being held in the Monroe County Jail. He is due to return to court next week so he can be arraigned with a lawyer present.

The judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Tuesday morning.


Sean Carroll, 13WHAM-TV
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