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Police: Man who sexually assaulted York woman in her sleep found in Oklahoma

Justin Harris, 28
Justin Harris, 29

A man wanted for sexually assaulting a York County woman in her sleep has been located in Oklahoma, police said.

Justin Harris, 29, has been extradited from Oklahoma back to Virginia and was formally charged with forcible sodomy and burglary Jan. 25, according to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivey.

Police responded to a residence in the 2800 block of Old Williamsburg Road Nov. 9 for a report of a sexual assault, Ivey said.

After investigating, police determined a man, believed to be Harris, entered the home after a party while the woman was asleep, and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Harris has ties to York County and Gloucester, police said. He also has no criminal record in York County or Williamsburg-James City County, according to circuit and general district court case records. He is not listed in the Virginia State Police sex offender registry.

Harris appeared in the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Jan. 26 for arraignment and Williamsburg attorney Michael Hyman was appointed to represent him.

Hyman was out of the office when contacted for comment Tuesday afternoon. 

He is scheduled to appear again in court March 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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