Suspect in Hannah Graham disappearance charged in 2005 sex assault


The man suspected in the disappearance of Virginia college student Hannah Graham has been charged in another case.

Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, now faces multiple charges in connection with a 2005 sexual assault and attempted murder, authorities announced Monday.

Matthew has been indicted on capital murder, abduction, and sexual penetration with an object, sources told NBC Washington. He was previously charged with abduction for his suspected involvement in Graham's vanishing.

"I've learned the hard way over the past 30 years that this is just the first step, and the criminal justice system can be a long, tough row to hoe, but I have confidence... that we will be able to go forward and bring justice in this instance," prosecutor Raymond F. Morrogh said during a Monday afternoon press conference.

The 26-year-old woman attacked in the 2005 case was grabbed outside a grocery store, forced into the woods and attacked by Matthew, according to the station. She escaped when another person walking through the woods scared Matthew off, according to the report.

"I think it's fair to say that she's grateful that the case will go forward to whatever resolution comes to it," Morrogh said of the victim.

Other DNA evidence also links Matthew to the 2009 murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, it was previously reported.

Matthew is expected to face charges in multiple jurisdictions, authorities said. He will likely be transported among different court houses and jails while awaiting hearings.

Volunteers searching for Graham found human remains this weekend, but police have not been able to identify who they belong to.

Police Find Human Remains While Searching For Hannah Graham
Police Find Human Remains While Searching For Hannah Graham

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