Suspect charged in 2012 sexual assault case

AUSTIN - The suspect in a 2012 sexual assault has been identified after police say they matched DNA to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate.

Court documents for Cleo Curry, 27, state he invited the victim and a few others to a Nickols Avenue home for a birthday party on Jan. 25, 2012. Police noted in the affidavit that a woman called police the following morning to report the assault.

The woman told police that she knew Curry for many years but were just acquaintances. She said she felt very intoxicated at the party, and Curry allegedly helped her to the bathroom for her to vomit before helping her walk into the guest bedroom and put her in bed, police said. According to the affidavit, the victim passed out and awoke the next morning to signs that she had been sexually assaulted while unconscious.

APD interviewed the homeowner, who reported that he observed Curry helping the intoxicated victim to the bedroom, and allegedly observed him sleeping in the same bed after he awoke the morning after the party.

Police said in the affidavit that DNA evidence was recovered from the woman, and that Curry's DNA was matched to the evidence on or about June 28, 2017. The woman also identified Curry's image from a photo lineup. During a Oct. 12, 2017 interview with Curry, the affidavit states he denied ever having sex with the woman.

The affidavit states Curry is in the custody of the TDCJ Holliday Unit in Huntsville, and online records state he is serving a sentence on multiple charges that include evading arrest and possession of meth and cocaine. The affidavit states Curry's bond has been set at $100,000 for the sexual assault charge.

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