Prisoner's DNA matches evidence collected in 2009 rape

COVINGTON -- A man suspected of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2009 has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison.

Danta Ray Myles, 26, of 95 N. Greenfield Circle, is now being held in the Newton County Detention Center on rape charges. He was arrested on the Newton County charge on Aug. 10 as he was discharged from Autry State Prison in Pelham where he was serving a burglary sentence.

Morrison said the arrest came after NCSO investigators were notified there was a match to the DNA that was collected following the May 26, 2009, alleged rape.

"Georgia law states that all prisoners must submit to a DNA test," she said.

Newton County investigators learned of the incident more than two years ago when the young victim was taken to Newton Medical Center by her family, Morrison said.

The victim told investigators she was with friends at the Arbor Lake apartment complex off Kirkland Road around 11:30 p.m. the night of the attack.

"The victim stated she was sitting on some steps talking to a friend and the friend's back was to her so that she didn't really have visual contact," Morrison said. "A man whom she knew only as "Snake" came out of a vacant apartment, placed his hand over her mouth and dragged her inside that apartment."

The victim said he took her into a back room of the apartment and sexually assaulted her.

"After the assault was over, she got dressed and went to her friend's residence in the complex where she took a shower and stayed the night. The next day she notified her family of the incident and was taken to the hospital," Morrison said.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site, Myles has an extensive criminal background in DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties. Past convictions include drug possession, burglary, theft, robbery, obstruction of law enforcement officers, cruelty to children and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.