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WELSH SEX LINK TO CAROLINE SUSPECT.

POLICE were last night investigating the possibility that the Spaniard suspected of murdering British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson could be responsible for a series of sex assaults in Wales.

South Wales Police have contacted Interpol after being struck by the likeness of a photofit of a man they are hunting to Francisco Montez.

They believe Montez could have carried out at least three daylight assaults on schoolgirls at a secluded Gower Peninsula beauty spot, near Swansea.

Det Insp Dale Pontin of Swansea CID said the 51-year-old Spaniard may have sexually assaulted three teenage girls in the late 1980s. Montez is in a US jail awaiting possible extradition to France on suspicion of murdering the 13-year-old Cornish schoolgirl in 1996 during a trip to Brittany.

He was arrested this year after breaking into a Miami hostel and allegedly committing a lewd act.

DNA tests carried out by the French police have since linked him to the murder in Brittany four years before.

Now Swansea police are putting together a case profile for Interpol and have begun inquiries to discover if Montez was in Britain during the period in question.

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Date:Apr 29, 2001
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