A former Connecticut charter school company executive has been charged in connection with four armed sexual assaults 36 years ago, prosecutors said.
Michael Marion Sharpe, 69, of Marlborough, was arrested Monday on four counts of first-degree kidnapping with a firearm in the 1984 attacks — after investigators matched his DNA to the crime scenes, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
“With this arrest, the victims of these crimes who have waited more than three decades to see their attacker brought to justice now know he will be held accountable for his crimes,” Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo said in a statement.
In each attack in four different towns, Sharpe allegedly broke into the victim’s home and sexually assaulted the woman while holding her at gunpoint.
Following decades of dead ends, investigators eventually identified Sharpe as a suspect using publicly available genealogy data, prosecutors said.
Authorities retrieved Sharpe’s DNA after going through trash he left outside his home earlier