Court sentences man to 17 years for 2006 rape of Miami student

An Indiana man was sentenced to 17 years in prison June 30 for the rape and robbery of a Miami University student in 2006.

Lloyd Ailes, 59, was indicted in Butler County in December on multiple felony charges. In May, Ailes pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated robbery and gun specifications.

The indictment and subsequent sentencing of Ailes came after a lengthy investigation by the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office using DNA genealogy tracing. In collaboration with Parabon NanoLabs, investigators were able to compile a family tree of the suspect that would ultimately lead them to Ailes.

Authorities say Ailes attacked a 21-year-old Miami University student on Jan. 9, 2006. At gunpoint, he robbed her, tied her up, and raped her in an off-campus home on North Campus Avenue, according to a WLWT report.

In March 2006, a similar attack happened in Fayette County, Indiana. DNA collected there matched the DNA in the Oxford case. With no existing match in any law enforcement database, the case went cold until investigators utilized genetic tracing technology, which was used to find the suspect’s parents. Ailes was taken into custody Dec. 9, 2021, in Connersville, Indiana by Ohio law enforcement.