Suspect may be linked to several sex assaults near U. Iowa

Published 01-16-2019

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Investigators say they have arrested a 32-year-old Iowa man who is believed to be linked to several sexual assaults near the University of Iowa campus.

Carlos Hivento of Cedar Rapids was arrested last week and charged in the November sexual assault of a 19-year-old girl he allegedly met at an Iowa City bar. He's being jailed pending trial.

Court records show that investigators have uncovered evidence that also links him to a 2017 sexual assault of another woman at a different Iowa City bar. And they are looking into whether he's connected to at least three other reported assaults, including one days before his arrest.

Police say an examination of one of Hivento's phones uncovered 1,475 videos of him having sex, using drugs or doing both since September. They've seized several other electronic devices.

The University of Iowa Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward.

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