Man found guilty of sexual assault in Pittsburgh in 2002

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A former Butler County man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in her Shadyside apartment in 2002 will be sentenced in April in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Ralph S. Skundrich, 47, will be sentenced by Judge David R. Cashman on April 8 after he was found guilty on Monday. He was found guilty of five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, as well as multiple counts of sexual assault, indecent assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and false imprisonment stemming from an attack July 25, 2002, at a Fifth Avenue apartment in Shadyside.

According to Deputy District Attorney Janet Necessary, Skundrich entered a third-floor apartment being sublet by an 18-year-old college student about 2:30 in the morning on that date.

He threatened the young woman with a gun, demanded money from her and then subjected her forcible oral and anal sex.

Skundrich was developed as a suspect after a DNA match was made in the national database in 2010.

A DNA expert at trial said that the probability of the sample collected from the victim coming from Skundrich was 4.04 quadrillion times more likely than coincidence, Ms. Necessary said.

DNA in the database has also linked Skundrich to a similar attack in Butler County seven weeks earlier. He also faces charges in Florida for sexual assault.


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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