ANCHORAGE (KTUU) -
Carmen D. Perzechino, arrested for a sexual assault in Sterling 18 years ago, was arraigned in state court in Kenai Friday morning.
Jack McKenna, chief of the Office of Special Prosecutions, said Perzechino entered a plea of not guilty and a public defender was provisionally appointed to represent him.
McKenna says bail was set at $500,000 appearance and an additional $50,000 cash performance
Perzechino's next court date is set for Oct. 14th.
Troopers say that a fugitive wanted for a sexual assault in Sterling 18 years ago is being extradited to Alaska after his DNA was identified through a grant-funded initiative to test unused rape kits.
The man was indicted on March 13, 2019, in Kenai of two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping for crimes that were committed nearly two decades years ago, in January of 2001, but the man was no longer in Alaska.
Troopers say the suspect, 57-year-old Carmen Daniel Perzechino Jr., is believed to have left the state for the Philipines in February after troopers renewed their investigation earlier this year.
AST contacted the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force to help find Perzechino. He waived extradition and will be arraigned by an Alaska judge when he returns to the state.
Troopers credited a 2017 grant for allowing them to review untested rape kits, which allowed them to identify Perzechino when his DNA was matched through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Perzechino competed in the 2004 Iditarod, in which he scratched, according to the race's website. His biography says that he moved to Alaska in 1996.
Anyone with information about this or other crimes committed by Perzechino should contact the Alaska State Troopers.
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