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From the Albany (NY) Times Union:
A Washington County, NY, tow truck driver has been charged with two unsolved rapes in Maryland from 1988, but only after State Police in New York secretly obtained his DNA off a discarded cigarette butt.
William Joseph Trice, 47, of Eagle Bridge is being held in the Albany County jail, awaiting extradition on first-degree rape and assault charges that could send him behind bars for life.
State prosecutors in Maryland say Trice unwittingly allowed his DNA to be taken off the cigarette butt earlier this month, handing investigators long-awaited evidence to solve the attacks.
Trice already has a 1994 conviction for indecent exposure in Maryland, court records show. A person with knowledge of the case said Trice had exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl.