Jason Follette

Fifty-six-year-old Jason Follette was arrested on November 9, 2022 for the August 11, 1996 rape of a 21-year-old woman in Hancock, Maine. The woman was sexually assaulted by an unknown suspect who broke into her apartment.

A DNA profile of the suspect was developed from evidence left at the crime scene. A “John Doe Warrant” was issued by District Attorney Michael Povich just before the statute of limitations was about to expire. This is the first time that charges have been filed in Maine using a John Doe Warrant.

The FGG investigation was conducted by Othram in partnership with the Maine State Police, beginning in 2022.

Follette is facing a charge of sexual assault in the Hancock County Superior Court, and is being held in the Hancock County Jail. He is a suspect in four or five similar sexual assaults that took place in Hancock County. Those investigations are continuing, and further charges may be forthcoming.

Stockley, Leela. “Arrest Made in 26-Year-Old Hancock County Assault Cold Case.” Bangor Daily News, November 9, 2022. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://www.bangordailynews.com/2022/11/09/news/hancock/hancock-county-cold-case-arrest/.

Trotter, Bill. “Prosecutor Says Man Arrested in Hancock 26-Year-Old Cold Case is a Serial Rape Suspect.” Bangor Daily News, November 10, 2022. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://www.bangordailynews.com/2022/11/10/news/hancock/hancock-county-cold-case-suspect-potential-serial-rapist/.

Vogen, Michael. “Maine State Police Partners with Othram to Identify a 1990s Serial Sexual Predator.” DNASolves.com, November 9, 2022. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://dnasolves.com/articles/jason-follettee-maine/.


First Name Jason
Last Name Follette
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started 2022-00-00
Case Cleared 2022-11-09
IGG Org Othram


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1785 n/a Jane Doe 21 1996-08-11 Hancock, MA Maine SP All sexual offenses, including rape, sexual assault, and child molestation Case is currently pending before the court Hancock CO SUP CT

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.