Skundrich convicted in 2002 rape in Cranberry
A Butler County jury convicted a former county man on Thursday of rape and other charges in connection with a 2002 attack on a woman in her Cranberry home.
Ralph S. Skundrich also was found guilty of burglary and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
Judge William Shaffer postponed sentencing until he determines whether Skundrich is a sexually violent predator under state law.
Skundrich received a 75- to 100-year prison sentence in April for a sexual assault in Allegheny County, also in 2002.
The Cranberry attack occurred on June 6, 2002. A woman reported that she woke up to find a man standing over her bed. The man threatened to kill her and her young child, who was asleep nearby, police said. The man sexually assaulted her and threatened to come back and hurt her and the child if she reported the attack to police. Once he left, the woman called 911.
DNA collected at the scene was compared to DNA that existed in the Combined DNA Index system at the time. It was not until 2010 that state police could connect the DNA to Skundrich.
The Tribune-Review does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or email@example.com.
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