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Portland Police Seek 'Person of Interest' in Sexual Assault on Child

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police are asking for the public's help in locating a 25-year-old Portland man they say is a "person of interest" in the sexual assault of a young child in the city's East Bayside neighborhood early Sunday morning.  

Authorities say they want to question Julian Soto.  Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says officers responded to a reported burglary which had just occurred. "The investigation revealed that a young girl had been assaulted at that residence, and we believe the crime was broken up by an adult who heard a disturbance in a back bedroom and then superceded at that point," Sauschuck said at a news conference this afternoon.

Authorities are advising area resident to lock all doors and windows and report any suspicious activity to police.