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La Crosse man charged with Jackson County rape
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La Crosse man charged with Jackson County rape

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A La Crosse man has been charged with raping someone in 2010 in Jackson County, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday, after evidence was tested as part of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Hank W. Elmore, 36, was charged June 19 with sexual assault by use of force and had his initial appearance Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

According to the DOJ, Elmore forced another person to have sexual intercourse without consent at about 1 a.m. July 15, 2010, in Merrillan in Jackson County. The victim went to the hospital the next day, complaining of severe pain, and had a sexual assault examination.

The victim told police at the time that Elmore was the perpetrator, and choked her until she could not breath during the incident, according to the complaint.

The evidence gathered at the hospital was tested in 2018 as part of a state initiative to clear a backlog of rape kits held as evidence.

The DNA in the kit matched Elmore, who has three prior convictions for fourth-degree sexual assault, after police received his DNA this spring.


Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.

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