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(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being indicted in a 2005 sexual assault.

Jesse Matthew has been charged with attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object, according to the indictment from the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The victim, who was 26 at the time, was identified only as “R.G.” in court papers.

The indictment claims Matthew “did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill R.G. in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile.”

Matthew, 32, is being held without bail in Charlottesville for the alleged abduction of Graham with intent to defile. The student has not been found, but a search was called off this weekend after police found human remains. Those remains have not yet been identified.

Virginia State Police earlier said they found a forensic link between Graham’s disappearance and the 2009 abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington in 2009. When Harrington’s body was found in early 2010, police made a connection to the 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. The woman survived.

Before Monday, police had not made a direct connection between the 2005 assault and Graham’s abduction.

Matthew has not been charged in connection to the 2009 Harrington abduction and murder, even though the suspect in that case was previously linked to the 2005 case, and the Virginia State Police have already said that there is a forensic link between Harrington’s murder and Matthew.

“Morgan Harrington’s case is still ongoing,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gellar told ABC News.

More details about the 2005 assault are expected at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Matthew’s attorney Jim Camblos had no comment on the new indictment.

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