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$1m bail set for man accused of assaulting teen

A Medford man was being held on high bail Friday on a charge that he attacked a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from school in Arlington this week, Middlesex County prosecutors said.

Patrick Barry, 21, pleaded not guilty in Cambridge District Court, where he was charged with one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. He is being held on $1 million cash bail, said Middlesex district attorney’s spokeswoman MaryBeth Long.

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Barry allegedly approached the 14-year-old in the area of Summer and Mill streets at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and inappropriately touched her, said police.

The girl pushed Barry away, ran home, and called police. She was not physically injured, said police.

The girl told police that her attacker was a white man in his early 20s, with gelled hair and mirrored glasses. This description matched Barry, who was on probation and was being monitored by GPS, police said. Officers used Barry’s GPS log to place him at the location of the assault at the reported time, police said.

He was arrested in his home Wednesday, police said.

“A dangerous offender is off the streets today, and I am pleased with the quick and diligent work of Arlington police officers and with the help we received from our law enforcement partners around the region,” Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said in a statement.

At his arraignment Friday morning, Barry was ordered to stay away from the victim and her family.

His bail was revoked in open cases out of Suffolk County, Long said.

Barry was indicted on two counts of assault with intent to rape in July after he allegedly attacked two women near Northeastern University, said Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney.

Barry is slated to return to court March 13 for a pretrial conference, Long said.

Globe correspondent Jennifer Smith contributed. Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@
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