South Portland man charged in Cape Elizabeth assault

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Police said an Internet relationship that turned violent has led to several charges against a South Portland man.

Jose L. Pinto-Zarate, 30, of 696 Westbrook St., was charged with unlawful sexual contact, criminal restraint and assault Sunday morning, April 29.

Clerks at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland said Pinto-Zarate was released on $2,500 cash bail the same day. He is scheduled to appear at the Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland at 8:30 a.m. June 12.

Police Capt. Brent Sinclair said Pinto-Zarate allegedly assaulted a 37-year-old woman on Saturday, April 28. The investigation determined it was someone he met on a social networking site.

Sinclair said the woman arrived at the police station early Sunday morning to file the complaint. After South Portland police officers determined Pinto-Zarate was at home, he was arrested by Cape Elizabeth Sgt. Kevin Kennedy.

The police investigation showed Zarate and his alleged victim had been in contact for a couple of weeks before meeting for the first time on April 28, Sinclair said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.