Schuette: Flint Man Sentenced for Cold Case Sexual Assault

Contact: Andrea Bitely, Megan Hawthorne; 517-373-8060

September 19, 2018

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Arthur David Long was sentenced on September 18 to 10 – 20 years in prison for the 1998 rape of a woman during a home invasion. Long was charged in early 2017 after DNA testing identified him in the crime.

“The conviction and sentencing of Arthur Long prove what I have said many times, justice may have been delayed, but it will not be denied to victims of violent crime or their families,” said Schuette. “I would like to thank the law enforcement officers, the prosecutors and those in the crime labs who continue to follow clues, test evidence and get the convictions that take violent criminals out of our neighborhoods and keep them away from our families, even when the case seems to have gone cold.”

In August 2018, Long pleaded guilty to two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree. 

Genesee County Circuit Judge Joseph Farrah sentenced Long to 10-20 years in prison for each offense, which he will serve concurrently. He has been in police custody since charged were filed and was given credit for time served of 580 days with $650 in cost.


This conviction and sentencing stems from a rape case in Flint that occurred in 1998. The rape occurred during a home invasion and the victim stated there were two perpetrators. At the time of the crime the victim was able to identify one of the individuals who she had met before but could not identify Long.

DNA evidence found at the scene in 1998 was entered into the state’s DNA database and was frequently checked against other crimes as well as DNA samples obtained from court orders. Long’s DNA was tested in 2015 and a match was discovered. Long was in MDOC custody following a conviction for criminal sexual conduct – 3rd degree at the time.

He was released on parole in November 2016 and was charged by the Department of Attorney General in February 2017 with two counts of CSC-1, and he has remained in custody since then.