Crime & Courts

Sex offender arrested in 1995 rape of Charlotte 17-year-old walking home from work

Cold-case investigators arrested a convicted sex offender this week in the 1995 rape of a 17-year-old who was forced behind a building at knifepoint by a stranger as she walked home from work.

Thanks to a federal grant, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police did additional testing that linked DNA evidence to 52-year-old Christopher Lynn McNear, a registered sex offender, CMPD Sgt. Darrell Price said at a news conference at CMPD headquarters on Thursday afternoon.

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Christopher McNear Mecklenburg County jail

Police on Monday obtained warrants on McNear and arrested him Wednesday, Price said. McNear was jailed on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping, according to a CMPD news release.

The victim was raped in the 4800 block of North Tryon, several blocks north of West Sugar Creek Road, police said.

The teen was treated at a hospital, and a sexual assault kit was collected and tested in 1995, according to Price. That was before DNA testing existed, he said.

McNear was convicted in Mecklenburg County Superior Court in 1998 of indecent liberties with a child, court records show.

Officers notified the victim of McNear’s arrest, Price said at the news conference. She “wasn’t expecting this,” Price said of police arresting the alleged offender.

“This is just another example of the outstanding work by (CMPD cold-case officers), and to never give up and to always fight for the victim,” CMPD Lt. Brad Koch said at the news conference.

Police urged anyone with information about the 1995 rape or McNear to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak