Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, was indicted Monday on a 2005 sexual assault charge through the Fairfax County Circuit Court, ABC News reported. He is charged with attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object in the earlier case.
The victim, who was 26 at the time of the incident, was referred to as “R.G.” in court papers, the news site said. Matthew "did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill R.G. in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile," the indictment states.
Since the case reached the judicial system, the Fairfax police will reveal no further information about Matthew. "Because this case is now in the judicial system, it is not appropriate for the police department to release or discuss any investigative or evidentiary information,” a statement read, according to CBS affiliate WUSA9.
“To help attain the objective of a successful prosecution, any information of this nature should henceforth come from the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney or at appropriate points as the case proceeds through the judicial system,” the statement concluded.
The suspect, 32, is currently being held without bail for the alleged abduction of Graham with “intent to defile.”
Human remains were discovered Sunday near Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County, Virginia, which is the same area where Graham was last seen nearly three months ago. The body has not been identified, but the search for Graham was called off, ABC News reported.
The remains were taken to the state's Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond for an autopsy, USA Today said.
Graham, 18, has not been seen since Sept. 13. Matthew was arrested Sept. 24 on a Texas beach after he fled Virginia. He was later extradited back and remains behind bars. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled Dec. 4, the news site wrote.
Matthew may be linked to a number of unsolved homicides and disappearances in the area. He also has been tied to the abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington, who disappeared in 2009, after police found a “forensic link.” Despite that connection, Matthew has not been charged in the Harrington case, ABC News said.
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