(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General King announced an arrest in a major sex crimes case that has been under investigation by his Cold Case Unit.
Geoffrey Todd Mack has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and burglary for a 1996 attack in Gadsden.
The Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit developed evidence that identified Mack as a suspect in the crime that happened 14 years ago.
Based on this, warrants* were obtained on April 7 and authorities have been seeking to locate Mack for arrest. Wednesday night he was detained by the Birmingham Police Department, arrested on these warrants, and transported to the Etowah County Detention Facility.
Mack, 42, is of Gadsden.
“This case is an outstanding example of what we can achieve with our Cold Case Unit,” said Attorney General King. “Years after the crime occurred, we were able to reopen this and develop new evidence that led to this arrest. With modern technology, along with a fresh and closer scrutiny, we are committed to achieve justice for victims who have lived in fear and suffering for too long, and to protect citizens by removing predators from the street.”
No further information may be disclosed at this time about the evidence or about Mack’s alleged crimes other than that stated in the warrants.
If convicted, Mack faces a penalty of 10 to 99 years or life imprisonment for each of the three crimes with which he is charged, which are all class A felonies.
Attorney General King commended the Cold Case Unit of his Investigations Division and Assistant Attorney General Will Dill of his Violent Crimes Division for outstanding work in this case.
He thanked those who were involved in the team effort that led to the arrest, noting the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the Gadsden Police Department, the Boaz Police Department, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department, and the Birmingham Police Department.
Attorney General King created the Cold Case Unit in 2007 and dedicated it to the investigation and prosecution of unsolved criminal cases throughout Alabama. Investigators and prosecutors review cases submitted by local authorities, and determine whether to take cases based upon factors such as the age of a case, the severity of the crime, the availability of witnesses and evidence that may be developed, the existence of DNA evidence, and other matters.
A warrant is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.