08/24/2015 04:27 EDT | Updated 08/24/2015 04:59 EDT

Charles Henry Desjarlais Arrested In Sexual Assault Cold Case Attack

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CALGARY — DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a southern Alberta man in a random sex attack against a minor more than 20 years ago.

A 16-year-old girl was forced into a Calgary alley on March 23, 1995, and sexually assaulted.

Police were not able to find a suspect, but re-examined DNA evidence in 2001 after the creation of the National DNA Data Bank.

No matches were found at the time, but a match was found when the samples were resubmitted last November.

A man was arrested earlier this month after a nine-month investigation.

Charles Henry Desjarlais, who is 52 and from Lethbridge, is charged with sexual assault with a weapon and is to appear in court on Wednesday.


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