Elkhart man charged with rape, child molesting appears in court
GOSHEN — Robert Quinn, accused of kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old girl 25 years ago, appeared for his initial hearing in Elkhart Superior Court 3 on Thursday morning, June 20.
Quinn, 50, has been charged with rape, child molesting and criminal confinement. Judge George Biddlecome read the charges to Quinn during his hearing at the Elkhart County Jail.
The charges allege that on March 5, 1988, Quinn dragged the victim into a car and drove her to a wooded area, where he raped her before bringing the victim back to her house and threatening to kill her if she told anyone what happened.
Quinn was transferred from the New Castle Correctional Facility to the jail this week. He had been serving time for a parole violation from a 2005 case in which he was convicted of child molesting.
Quinn’s release date was June 22, but the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against him after re-visiting the 1988 investigation.
Though items with DNA samples were collected, police were unable to find a match or a suspect in the case. In 2011 police ran the DNA samples from 25 years ago and found a match with Quinn’s DNA.
During the hearing, the court appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office to represent Quinn.
Quinn’s trial status conference was scheduled for Aug. 1, and his trial date was scheduled for Nov. 18.