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Deputies: DNA test links Army sergeant to Pasco date rape

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Man is arrested in August date rape

A 34-year-old Army sergeant is in jail after a woman told authorities he raped her at gunpoint on a date in August. The arrest came after a DNA test tied him to the crime.

The woman, 25, reported in August that she and Louis Anthony Cortese Sr. went to a bar and then he drove her to a spot behind Lane Glo North Bowling Alley, 6935 Ridge Road.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, the woman said Cortese got in the back seat with her, pulled a gun and put her in a choke hold until she couldn't breathe. He then forced sexual acts on her, the report says.

After she was raped, the woman said Cortese took her sweater away and made her wash off, saying he was getting rid of evidence, according to the report.

On Nov. 29, Cortese provided a DNA sample to authorities and a month later, the report says, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement matched his DNA to evidence collected from the victim's underwear.

Cortese, of 18643 Gracie Lee St. in Spring Hill, was held without bail Wednesday on a charge of sexual battery with a deadly weapon.

Deputies: DNA test links Army sergeant to Pasco date rape 01/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 7:27pm]
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