Frederick Tate

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- More than 20 years after he committed the crime, a man was convicted of raping a woman in Mobile.

According to police, the victim was walking home in 1997 when she was attacked by Frederick Tate. He pulled the woman behind a vacant house and raped her.

Investigators took DNA samples after the assault, but the results did not match anyone in the DNA database.

In 1999, Tate pleaded guilty to raping another woman.

When the sexual assault kit from the 1997 rape was retested by Mobile Police in 2017, the DNA matched Tate and he was indicted by a grand jury.

MPD tested the sample after receiving Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grants.

FOX10 News investigated the sexual assault cold cases in Mobile in a special report in December 2019.

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