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Man pleads not guilty to raping a woman after finding her dog

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut. – A Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty to rape of an 18-year-old neighbor after finding and returning her lost dog.

The Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/2hHudo6 ) reports that the 30-year-old Robert Rivera, of Bridgeport, was Tuesday indicted on charges of sexual assault and unlawful restraint.

The police says the woman was home alone in July, when her dog ran away. She told the investigators that Rivera knocked on her door to keep the animals.

She says after they the dog in her bedroom, Rivera grabbed her, threw her on a sofa and raped her as she screamed for help.

Police say Rivera was linked to the attack by DNA.

Rivera remains free on $250,000 bond. He and his lawyer declined to comment when leaving the court, but before Rivera had denied the charges.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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