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CENTRAL PARK-SEX ASSAULT
W.Va. man with violent past pleads guilty in attack on birdwatcher, 74, in NYC's Central Park
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 3:43 PM EDT
An ex-convict whose violent history terrified his West Virginia hometown has admitted he sexually assaulted a 74-year-old birdwatcher in New York's Central Park.
The attack occurred in September 2012. Authorities said the birder had previously photographed Mitchell exposing himself in the park.
Mitchell comes from Jenkinjones, W.Va. His felony arrest record began at 18.
He was acquitted of raping and killing an 86-year-old woman, then charged with raping a woman in her 70s. That sexual assault charge was dropped in a plea bargain.
He was suspected but never arrested in another woman's death, then went to prison in the abduction of his ex-girlfriend.