BOSTON (AP) – A Boston man has pleaded guilty to multiple rape charges in a case in which prosecutors brought a so-called “John Doe” indictment and another man spent 12 years in prison before being cleared.

During a hearing Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, Jerry Dixon admitted raping three women in Boston during four months in 1991. Judge Carol Ball sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Before prosecutors were able to identify Dixon, they indicted his genetic profile in 2006 to prevent the statute of limitations from expiring. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court later upheld their right to seek John Doe indictments.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Anthony Powell was convicted of one of the rapes in 1992. He was freed in 2004 after he was exonerated by DNA testing. Powell was in the courtroom Thursday as Dixon pleaded guilty.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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