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Man booked in Redondo Beach 2003 sex assault case

January 10, 2011 |  7:40 pm

Sylvester Gene Rawls A man was arrested Monday in connection with a 2003 sexual assault of a Redondo  Beach high school student in a campus bathroom, police said. 

The 17-year-old girl was attacked at Redondo Union High School, police said.

Investigators in the Redondo Beach Police Department's cold case unit were able to track down the suspect using leads developed from DNA samples, Lt. Joe Hoffman said.

Sylvester Gene Rawls, 45, was arrested Monday at his Long Beach home, police said.

He was booked on a sexual assault warrant and was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said.

Rawls is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Suspect 2003

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Photos: Sylvester Gene Rawls and a 2003 composite sketch of the suspect. Credit: Redondo Beach Police Department

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