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Man tracked down with DNA database now convicted of raping two Virginia lifeguards

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 06:33:05-04

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A man who was tracked down with the help of a DNA database and convicted of raping two lifeguards in Northern Virginia has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.

An Alexandria Circuit Court judge handed down Jesse Bjerke’s sentence Friday, radio station WTOP reported.

Bjerke issued a tearful apology in court, saying, “I am sickened by what I’ve done.”

Investigators had been at a dead-end in the case of a woman who was raped at a deserted Alexandria swimming pool in 2016, when they ran the suspect’s DNA through public genealogical databases, according to WTOP.

That pointed to Bjerke as a suspect and lead to his arrest.