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Alabama man held in Grand Rapids-area sex assaults

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 58-year-old suspect in sexual assaults committed more than a quarter-century ago in the Grand Rapids area is in custody.

Russell Allen Vane, who has lived in Cullman, Ala., since 1982, was arrested last week.

He is jailed in Kent County on a $1.3 million bond on one count of first-degree, three counts of second-degree and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 29. Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Sally Wolters said during a Thursday news conference that Vane is a suspect in at least 12 sexual assaults of women and girls as young as 4 between 1977 and 1982.

She says the statute of limitations allows only five cases to be prosecuted. Jail records don't indicate whether Vane has an attorney.

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