ITHACA, N.Y. — A Dryden man has been charged with raping a child who was under 15 years old. The case had gone cold, but DNA evidence resurfaced and connected the man to the crime, the Ithaca Police Department said in a news release.

Chad M. Hamilton, 29, of Dryden, was charged with second-degree rape, a felony. Hamilton is accused of raping a child who was under 15 when he was about 27 years old. The crime occurred in the City of Ithaca, police said.

Police said the investigation had gone cold until DNA evidence resurfaced.

Hamilton was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and released under the supervision of probation pending court proceedings.

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