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Officials: DNA match leads to arrest in 1984 sexual assaults

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Connecticut man has been arrested in connection with four armed sexual assaults dating to 1984 thanks to information from a genealogy database. The Chief State's Attorney's Office says 69-year-old Michael Marion Sharpe was arrested Monday after the office's cold case unit matched his DNA with DNA from the four crime scenes. Investigators collected trash from outside Sharpe's home and got a search warrant to take a swab of his saliva to confirm the match. Sharpe is accused of sexual assaults in four different Connecticut towns during June and July of 1984. He was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of first-degree kidnapping. An attorney for Sharpe said he has not had a chance to review the DNA evidence.


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