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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has suspect in ‘Roaming Rapist’ case gone to trial?

What happened to the Roaming Rapist? Has he gone to trial yet?

Sactomami , Sacramento

Dereck Jermaine Sanders, 41, the suspected serial attacker accused of assaulting 10 females between 1998 and 2003, remains in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, his trial is scheduled for May 1.

Sanders, who faces 28 felony charges, was arrested in November 2012. District Attorney Jan Scully said DNA evidence had linked Sanders to the crimes of the attacker whom authorities had labeled the Roaming Rapist.

According to a story in The Bee, authorities said Sanders was implicated in the case through a “familial DNA,” which traced family characteristics to a brother, a convicted felon who had recently been arrested on three unrelated sexual assaults.

The evidence, matched with a California Department of Justice database, led authorities to Sanders’ Isleton residence. From there they followed him to a McDonald’s restaurant.

After Sanders drove to a nearby park, ate his meal and threw his bag, napkins, cup and straw into the trash, officers retrieved it for DNA testing.

Sanders was subsequently arrested without incident at his Isleton home.