Racine County prosecutors said a DNA sample from a 2012 conviction for mistreating an animal has connected a Racine man to a decade-old sexual-assault case.
A Journal Times of Racine report said 36-year-old Angel L. Cartagena now faces a charge of second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors said his DNA matched samples taken after a sexual assault in 2002.
A woman told police she was walking home from a friend's house at 4:30 a.m. when a man knocked her down, banged her head on concrete and sexually assaulted her.
Prosecutors said Cartagena was linked to the assault after he was ordered to provide a DNA sample following an October conviction of mistreating an animal.
A message left with Cartagena's defense attorney Saturday was not immediately returned.
A preliminary hearing is set for July 10.