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Texas man pleads guilty to 2004 rape in Somerville

A Texas man who was serving probation for exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl in that state pleaded guilty Thursday to raping a Somerville woman at knifepoint in 2004, authorities said.

Christopher Carney, 43, of Austin, received a 12-to-15-year prison sentence, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

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Carney attacked the woman in June 2004 as she was walking home. He held a knife to her throat and ordered her to a parking lot, where he handcuffed her to a dumpster and assaulted her, authorities said.

He then ordered her to keep quiet about the assault and not report it to police, according to the statement.

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Carney pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, two counts of indecent assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and witness intimidation, prosecutors said.

The case remained unsolved until last year, when Carney’s DNA profile was linked to evidence left at the crime scene. Middlesex deputy sheriffs arrested him in Texas, authorities said.

Carney was previously arrested in Texas for indecently exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl and sentenced to seven years of probation in 2009, according to that state’s sex offender registry database.

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Texas authorities classified his risk level as “moderate” and required him to register as an offender there until January 2026, records show.

Once Carney is released from custody in Massachusetts, he must undergo mental health and sex offender evaluation, wear a GPS monitoring device, and abide by all Sex Offender Registry Board registration requirements, authorities said.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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