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DNA database leads to conviction of serial rapist

Kraig J. Anderson (Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

On June 18, 2014, Kraig J. Anderson went to the bar Wild Buffalo Steakhouse in North Charleston, where over the course of the evening, he struck up a conversation with a woman.

According to investigators, the woman did not know 36-year-old Anderson, but thought he seemed harmless.

Video from the bar shows the defendant, Anderson, lurking behind her as she conversed with others.

He could also be seen waiting outside until the woman left the bar, and then following behind her. Anderson got into the her car begged her for a ride home, investigators said.

He indicated he lived nearby and the woman agreed.

Yet, as she drove him, he changed his story as to where he lived.

He eventually lured her to a wooded area off Ashley Phosphate Road, where he strangled her and raped her.

An expert for the state said it was one of the worst cases of strangulation she had ever seen in a survivor.

During a trial for his sentencing this week, where he claimed consent, the female victim addressed the court, stating, “I never doubted this day would come that he would be found guilty.”

On Wednesday, a Charleston jury convicted Kraig J. Anderson of criminal sexual conduct in the first-degree. DNA from a database led to his conviction, said South Carolina Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson.

Judge Thomas Hughston sentenced Anderson to 30 years, the maximum for the offense.

It was the second sex-related assault that Anderson had committed stemming from Wild Buffalo Steakhouse in North Charleston, Wilson said.

Anderson was charged with a sex-related assault in 2012, and his DNA was collected and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

That 2012 sample led to his identification, arrest and conviction for the 2014 rape.

In a gruesome twist, Wilson said the very day he was released from prison for the 2012 conviction, Anderson committed the next offense.

He has also been accused of several other sexual assaults in other jurisdictions dating back to 2006. He also was convicted of a rape in Germany, Wilson said.

“Once again, we see how extremely important science and databases are in the criminal justice system. CODIS definitely saved women from future trauma, and perhaps even from dying,” Wilson stated.

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