MIAMI (AP) — A Honduran man was ordered held without bond Sunday after he was charged with sexually assaulting several women and girls, one just 11 years old.
For months, police had characterized the assaults as the crimes of a single serial rapist, and their inability to catch him had worried women and the parents of young girls in the Little Havana area, where seven girls and women have been raped over the past year.
Reynaldo Elias Rapalo, 32, was charged Saturday with five felony counts of sexual battery, including one on a victim age 11 or younger.
He also was charged with one count each of battery with assault and aggravated stalking, as well as several misdemeanor charges related to the attacks. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.