Man charged in 9-year-old rape case to face judge

By David Bodden, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:08 AM EST

DNA has helped solve a nearly decade-old rape case that investigators had dubbed a cold case, according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Now a man is behind bars in Indian River County and expected to face a judge Wednesday morning.

With the help of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, investigators say that it took nine years to solve a cold rape case.

Adam Gregory Shuman, 41, is charged with sexual battery and he is being held at the Indian River County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 47-year-old woman along the sand dunes State Road A1A, according to a news release.

Deputies say the woman was visiting Ormond Beach nine years ago when she went for a walk at night.

The arrest affidavit described how the woman was stalked and then attacked by a man she did not know. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office stated that the man, who would have been 33 on Sept. 14, 2008, allegedly said that he was "into older women".

The woman begged him to stop, but he refused, stated the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Physical evidence and a rape kit from the woman’s forensic exam in the Sheriff’s Office evidence unit was finally tested after a push from the state Attorney General’s Office in 2015 to ease sexual assault evidence kits backlog.

Attorney General Pam Bondi pushed for funding to test rape cases that had been backlogged. When that happened, evidence gathered from the Ormond Beach woman returned a hit.

Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputies caught Shuman on Tuesday. Shuman, a Vero Beach resident, is a registered sex offender since 1998.

"They told me the flood of emotions that just came back to her, you could just feel it on the other end of the phone. That just everything came back to her, that what happened to her in 2008. And now we are able to bring closure and that is what this is all about," said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

Shuman is scheduled to go before an Indian River judge at 8:30 a.m. No word yet on when he will be brought back to Volusia County.