A Portland man who had been described as a person of interest in a burglary and child sex assault case was arrested Tuesday night in Boston on a warrant charging him with unlawful sexual contact on a child and burglary.

Lt. James Sweatt, a spokesman for the Portland Police Department, said the charges were filed against 25-year-old Julian Soto following an investigation into the Oct. 9 incident by Portland police, the Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Portland police allege that Soto broke into an apartment on Greenleaf Street, in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood, around 3 a.m. After the break-in occurred, police said a child inside the apartment was sexually assaulted.

Sweatt said an initial court hearing to determine if Soto is willing to waive extradition – a step that must happen before he can be returned to Maine – has not been set. The hearing will be held in Massachusetts.


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