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Calgary cops identify suspect in 20-year-old sex assault

The victim of a 1990 sexual assault is "ecstatic," according to police, after learning her alleged offender has been caught more than two decades later.

In July 1990, a then 21-year-old woman was asleep in her southwest Calgary home when a man broke in, sexually assaulted her at knifepoint and attempted to rob her.

Twenty years later in 2010, a sample from the case was resubmitted to the National DNA Databank and by the end of the year, a match had been made.

Sex crimes detectives investigated until enough evidence was gathered to press charges.

Gerald Raymond Clark, 54, was arrested in Edmonton Thursday.

Det. Rene Lafreniere of the CPS sex crimes unit said the victim has since moved to the United States but was contacted by police after Clark's arrest.

"She was ecstatic about the arrest," he said. "As you can imagine, for 22 years she's wondered about who attacked her."

Lafreniere said the accused was equally as surprised when police arrested him.

"It's one of those things where he never thought he'd be caught."

Clark has been charged with sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, attempted robbery, uttering death threats, carrying a weapon dangerous to the public and house break and enter commit.

He has since been released in Edmonton on a recognizance order and expected to appear in court on April 17.

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