Rape kit leads to arrest in 2006 case

Frank Hampton, of Jacksonville, being held on $750,000 bond

By Bethany Tucker - Executive producer , Frank Powers - Assignment manager
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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Frank Hampton

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Westside man was arrested last week and charged in a 12-year-old rape case.

News4Jax has done some digging over the last week, and learned it was results from a rape kit that led to the Oct. 23 arrest of Frank Hampton.

Hampton, 47, is charged with two counts of sexual battery and kidnapping with a firearm, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.

The case happened in 2006. According to the original police report, Hampton saw a woman on the corner of Lem Turner Road and Dunn Avenue and asked if she needed a ride.

She accepted, and police said Hampton took her to a wooded area off of New Kings Road, where he held her at gunpoint and forced her to have sex with him repeatedly. 

The report said Hampton released her the next morning, and she went to the hospital. 

It wasn't until the State Attorney's Office sent off the rape kit for analysis that it got the DNA match to Hampton. 

Two years ago, there was a big push to test DNA evidence that had stacked up for decades.

As of last month, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had completed 5,500 kits from all over the state.

As of this summer, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was still waiting for 1,300 rape kits to be tested by FDLE.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson said 1,400 kits from Duval and Nassau counties were sent to FDLE, resulting in the opening of 61 active investigations.

Hampton is being held in the Duval County jail on $750,000 bond, jail records show.

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