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Police: Man’s DNA Links Him to 2012 Rape of 13-Year-Old on Cape Cod

John Dias Barnstable PD child rape charges
Barnstable Police Department

A Massachusetts man has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl on Cape Cod 2012.

Barnstable police say 23-year-old John Dias was arrested Monday afternoon outside of his Centerville home after an extensive investigation that lasted nearly five years.

Dias is accused of raping a girl at knife point in a bath house at Hamblin's Pond in Marstons Mills in July of 2012, telling her he would kill her if she tried to run or scream for help.


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Detectives say Dias then fled the area, but his victim and a witness provided a description.

Eventually, a detective's investigation focused on Dias as a suspect, and DNA recovered from the victim linked him to the crime in December, according to police.

Dias was charged with aggravated rape of a child with force, assault with intent to rape a child, assault with a dangerous weapon, indecent assault and battery on a child and witness intimidation.

It's unclear if Dias has an attorney.

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