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Subway perv pinned down by his DNA

A serial subway pervert who exposed himself and rubbed against women on crowded trains has been tripped up by his own DNA. Here's what happened.

entertainment Updated: Jul 13, 2011 16:26 IST

Creepy subway sex assaults have left many females disgusted and traumatised in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx. The sexual offender has finally been nabbed after forensic evidence collected from the sickening attacks matched his DNA profile in a state databank.

Darnell Hardware, 26, was charged by Manhattan prosecutors with a trio of subway sex assaults that stretched from 2002 to 2005. He has a long rap sheet that includes 32 arrests, and is jailed on Rikers Island for a similar subway sex assault case in the Bronx, prosecutor Melissa Mourges said. In the Manhattan cases, he's accused of grinding against women on packed trains while exposed, then bolting as soon as the doors opened.

"Each victim told me it pretty much ruined her day and was left shaken and soiled," Mourges said.

Hardware had bail set at $2,500 for each of the three indictments and is due back in court in September. He pleaded not guilty.

"He's never been convicted of anything along these lines," defense lawyer Liam Malanaphy said of his offences.

First Published: Jul 13, 2011 16:22 IST