An attorney for the Michigan businessman accused of two golf course rapes in 1999 and 2000 says he is looking forward to telling ‘his side of the story’ after being arrested on a DNA match.
Kurt Rilemma, 51, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of attacking two women in two separate incidents nearly 25 years ago.
Police traced him by matching DNA found at the scenes to a distant relative of Rilemma’s, who had submitted their DNA to GEDMatch, the same database that led to Idaho quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.
Kurt Rilemma, 51, with his wife Kristi and their three children. He was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of attacking two women in two separate incidents nearly 25 years ago
Rilemma with two of his kids. Those who know him say he led a ‘double life’ , investing in strip clubs and trying to use his authority as an ‘owner’ to convince the workers to have sex with him
After narrowing the sample down to Rilemma and his two brothers, police say they tested his DNA from a discarded coffee cup and found a direct match with the crime scene samples.
Rilemma, a successful businessman and father-of-three, is behind bars in Michigan awaiting his next court date. He is yet to answer to the charges.
In an interview with FOX, Deanna Kelley, an attorney acting on his behalf, was cryptic when asked about how he intends to plead.
‘A piece of evidence is only as good as its collection and analysis, and I don’t know any of that yet.
‘Every story has two sides, and he’s looking forward to telling his side in court.’
Fox cites anonymous sources who say Rilemma led a double life, investing in strip clubs and allegedly trying to attack some of the women who worked in them.
‘He was like a kid in a candy store. He bragged he was an owner to get sexual favors,’ the source said.
Rilemma is accused of raping two women; one at the Twin Lakes Golf Club in Michigan in 1999 and another in 2000 at a Penn State University golf course.
Police identified Rilemma by tracing a sample of DNA at the crime scene to him and his two brothers, Bradley (second left) and Marc (far right). One of their distant relatives had submitted their own DNA to GEDMatch. The authorities then surveilled Kurt- who had been living in Michigan and visiting Penn State when the two rapes happened – and matched a sample of his DNA from a coffee cup to the crime scene sample
Kurt’s wife Kristi has not yet commented publicly on his arrest
According to police, he was living near the Twin Lakes club at the time of the first attack, and was visiting his brother at Penn State when the second attack occurred.
On July 27, 2000, Rillema allegedly attacked a woman, 19, who was jogging on the Blur Course at Penn State University.
Kurt Rillema, 51, was arrested in connection to two violent rapes 24 years ago. The rapes occurred in Michigan and Pennsylvania in 1999 and 2000
While at the 18th hole, Rillema supposedly stopped the victim to ask her for a band aid.
Rillema then pulled out a knife, held it to her throat, punched her in the stomach and raped her, the victim told police.
DNA belonging to an unknown male was found at both of the scenes, but it wasn’t until the sample was compared to the GEDMatch and that a match with one of Rilemma’s distant relatives was found.
A team of genetic genealogy investigators then worked backwards to find living relatives of the person who had submitted their DNA who may fit the profile for the crime.
It led them to Rilemma and his two brothers – Marc and Bradley.
Marc was studying at Penn State between 1999 and 2000, according to his LinkedIn.
He now lives with his family in Oregon. Bradley and his wife live in Michigan with their children.
No one in the family responded to DailyMail.com’s inquiries, and Kurt’s wife Kristi is yet to comment on his arrest.
Kurt is being held without bond until his next court date in Michigan.
Rillema, who lives in West Bloomfield, was at the Twin Lakes Golf Club located in Oakland Township, Michigan when he allegedly entered an employee only area and attacked a 22-year-old woman
Less than a year after the first attack, Rillema allegedly attacked a woman, 19, who was jogging on the Blur Course at Penn State University (above)