Essex

Man charged with 1997 rape of schoolgirl in Harlow

  • 24 March 2012
  • From the section Essex
The grassed hillock, known as Ten Metre Wood, where the attack took place
Image caption The attack took place on an area of land known as Ten Metre Wood in Harlow

A man has been charged with the rape of a schoolgirl in Essex 14 years ago, it has been revealed.

The 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped on a grassed hillock, known as Ten Metre Wood, in Harlow, on 11 December 1997.

Airport worker Jon Molt, 34, of Rushes Mead, Harlow, was arrested in January.

He has been charged with rape and is due to appear before Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

Police said the victim was now married and lived in London.

The arrest followed a re-investigation of the offence by detectives from the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate's cold case investigation team.

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