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Man Accused of 2 Mass. Rapes in 1990s Is Denied Bail

The man arrested this week in connection to two previously unsolved rape cases from more than two decades ago is being held behind bars after he was denied bail on Wednesday.

Maine resident Ivan Keith, 61, was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of raping two women in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the 1990s. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Keith formerly lived in Bridgewater but he moved to Maine under a new identity.

Prosecutors say that in addition to the two rapes Keith was arrested on suspicion of, he was linked to two other unsolved sexual assaults in nearby counties. He failed to comply with the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board and did not appear in court for a scheduled trial date, according to prosecutors.

The district attorney’s office said the two victims in the rapes that were allegedly accounted for were approached by a masked man and tied up during the assaults. The first attack happened in July 1997 and the second in November 1998, authorities said.

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Keith was allegedly found under his new identity in Seal Cove, Maine. He faces charges that include five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of threats to commit bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering into a building in the night, failure to register as a sex offender, making false statements and perjury,

The defendant is due back in court Aug. 21.

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