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Queens Man Indicted In 2000 Rape Of NYU Law Student

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the indictment of a man Tuesday in the 2000 rape of a NYU law student.

30-year-old Rajeev Kumar, of Queens, is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

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In 2000, a victim told police that she was raped in a limousine.  The DA’s office says a rape kit was collected from the victim, but no matches were found at the time.

However, in 2009, Kumar was convicted of arson after setting fire to a limousine in Queens.  His DNA, which was collected following his conviction, matched the sample collected in the 2000 rape, officials said.

Kumar faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.