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* Irving Shirley DNA linked to sexual assault from 2005 at Solano Community College at Fairfield campus

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DNA results and a lengthy investigation led to the arrest Monday of a Fairfield man charged with sexual assault, a Solano County sheriff’s lieutenant said today.Almost five years ago to the day – on Oct. 31, 2005 – a female Solano Community College student reported being sexually assaulted by an unidentified man in a bathroom at the school’s Fairfield campus, Lt. Gary Faulkner said.A sketch of the suspect was distributed on campus and to law enforcement agencies on Nov. 2 of that year. One week later, state Department of Justice officials told detectives that semen was found on the victim’s clothing.A few years later, in April of 2008, Department of Justice officials matched the suspect’s DNA profile to Irving Shirley, a Fairfield resident and Solano Community College student who was 27 at the time.Through a lengthy investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office with assistance from the Department of Justice, authorities were able to gather enough evidence to close in on the suspect. “Details were finally finalized and an arrest warrant was issued,” Faulkner said.Shirley was arrested at his home in Fairfield Monday night and charged with one count of forcible penetration, Faulkner said.He was booked into Solano County Jail. Bail was set at $100,00.The victim in the case died in 2007 due to an overdose of prescription drugs.

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