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Marcus O. Singleton

Marcus O. Singleton

A man sentenced in May to four years in prison for exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl and her 11-year-old cousin in a Middleton nature preserve was charged Thursday with kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl in January 2012.

Marcus O. Singleton, 30, who was free on bail at the time for the exposure charges, was charged after DNA evidence tied him to the rape, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

Singleton, who is incarcerated at Fox Lake Correctional Institution, was nonetheless ordered held on $20,000 bail after appearing in court on Thursday. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday.

Singleton is charged with kidnapping, second-degree sexual assault and two counts of bail jumping.

According to the complaint, the girl told police that on Jan. 16, 2012, she was having difficulty falling asleep about 2 a.m., so she went outside on to the back deck of her family’s home on Sky Ridge Drive in Madison. While she was outside, a man walked up, grabbed her and threw her over his shoulder, telling her, “Don’t say anything or I will kill you.”

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The girl said the man carried her to a car parked on Kottke Drive, undressed her and raped her. She said he then got into the driver’s seat and started to use his cellphone, so she grabbed her clothing and ran home. She said she didn’t tell anyone about the incident until the next day at school.

The girl, who has bipolar disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and cognitive delays, told police that she didn’t tell her mother what had happened because she wasn’t supposed to be outside after dark.

Police collected the clothes the girl had been wearing, and a sexual assault examination was performed on her, which found evidence of an assault. DNA collected from the clothing matched Singleton, and a second sample was taken from Singleton for confirmation, which also matched.

Singleton was convicted by a jury of two counts of exposure in February 2012 and was sentenced to four years in prison in May.

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