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First arrest made for sexual assault in Cologne New Year's Eve attacks

First arrest made for sexual assault in Cologne New Year's Eve attacks


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The crowd of revelers in Cologne on New Years Eve 2015.

Image: Markus Boehm/dpa/Associated Press

A 26-year-old Algerian man has become the first person arrested in connection with a string of sexual assaults during New Year’s celebrations in Cologne that sparked a debate about Germany’s ability to integrate migrants.

Prosecutors said Monday that the unidentified asylum-seeker was arrested at a refugee home in the nearby town of Kerpen over the weekend. He is accused of groping a woman and robbing her cellphone, prosecutor’s office spokesman Ulrich Bremer told The Associated Press.