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MERIDEN–In October a man was arrested for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old in Meriden, and on Wednesday additional charges were tacked on for a previous rape he is suspected of committing.

After Desmond James, 23, was arrested in October and the story spread, a woman contacted the Meriden Police Department to say she recognized him as the man who raped her in 2012.

On March 21, 2012 the victim was walking on East Main Street in Meriden when a man began walking along side her. While walking on Foster Street between Lincoln and Colony streets James allegedly pushed her into a backyard and sexually assaulted her. She escaped and waved down a car, who drove her to the police station. Over the years the leads went cold, and the case went unsolved.

When she came forward to say that she thought he was the man who attacked her, police ran a DNA sample taken from her at the time of the incident against a DNA sample submitted by James, and it was a match. At the time of the assault James was on transitional supervision from the Department of Correction.

He is now being charged with sexual assault in the first degree and assault in the third degree. He was already being held on a $1 million bond for the assault of the 10-year-old girl, bu an additional $500,000 bond was added for the new charges.

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