Somerville man charged in 11-year-old rape case

A former Somerville resident was arraigned Tuesday for charges stemming from a 2004 rape in the Davis Square area.

Christopher Carney, 43, was living in Austin, Texas before he was brought back to Massachusetts on Monday as a suspect in a June 2004 sexual assault case, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. In the 11 years since the assault, local authorities said they’ve been working with Austin police in Carney’s arrest.

“Acting in conjunction with our partners in the District Attorney’s Office and Somerville Police Department, our deputies placed the defendant under arrest in Texas earlier this week and ensured his secure transport back to the Commonwealth to answer to these charges,’’ Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian said in a press release from the DA’s office.

Carney allegedly held a knife to the victim’s throat before handcuffing her to a dumpster and sexually assaulting her in a Davis Square-area parking lot, according to police. He has been charged with aggravated rape, assault and battery, and other crimes. He was ordered to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Jan. 28.

The suspect’s lawyer, Robert Wheeler, said his client is innocent until proven guilty.

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