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Clearwater man faces sexual battery charge in 2019 attack, police say

The attack took place in September. Recent DNA tests point to William Walden, according to Clearwater police.
William Walden, 34, of Clearwater faces charges related to a sexual assault that took place in the 700 block of North Saturn Ave. on Sept. 10. [Clearwater Police Department]
William Walden, 34, of Clearwater faces charges related to a sexual assault that took place in the 700 block of North Saturn Ave. on Sept. 10. [Clearwater Police Department]

CLEARWATER — A 34-year-old man was arrested Monday night, accused of beating and raping a woman in an attack that took place last year, police said.

William Walden faces a charge of sexual battery in an incident that took place on Sept. 10 in the 700 block of N Saturn Ave., according to Clearwater police.

Walden met the victim in the 1300 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and drove her to a parking lot off N Saturn Ave., police said. Then he dragged her from the vehicle, beat her and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Walden was recently identified as the attacker in that case through DNA testing, police said. Detectives are also looking into whether he was involved in other assaults.

Walden was being held without bail in the Pinellas County jail on Tuesday. He also faces three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and a citation for driving with a permanently revoked license from past arrests, according to jail records.

Anyone with information about Walden or other potential victims was asked to call detectives at (727) 562-4242.

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