ELKO – A Carlin man has been charged with sexual assault a year after the alleged crime through DNA analysis.

Joshua R. Ward, 23, was arrested March 14 at 1655 Puett Drive on charges of sexual assault and conspiracy to commit sexual assault.

According to Elko Justice Court records, Ward had sex with an unidentified female against her will around March 7, 2016. Ward, in conjunction with another unknown person, allegedly conspired to commit the crime and carried it out in Southside Park.

During the rape, one person held down the victim while the other physically assaulted her.

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After the attack, the victim underwent a sexual assault examination to collect evidence. The Washoe County Crime Lab analyzed semen from the victim and the results were searched against the Combined DNA Index System, resulting in a match to Ward’s DNA profile.

Ward’s bail was set at $170,000.

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