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Manchester Police Seeking Possible Victims Of Man They Say Posed As Vice Detective

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Frank Mete, 55, is being held at the Manchester police station in lieu of $500,000 bail. (Courtesy of Manchester Police Department)

MANCHESTER — A Berlin man who was arrested Friday on charges of posing as an undercover vice officer and raping and robbing a prostitute is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in Manchester.

Frank Mete, 55, is being held at the Manchester police station in lieu of $500,000 bail. Manchester detectives said they have reached out to sex workers to see if there might be other victims.

“If you have had any contact with this man, it is imperative we speak with you,” Det. Anthony DeJulius wrote in a “safety alert” on a website known to be used by prostitutes. “He has been arrested by the Manchester police for his treatment of escorts. If you or any of your associates have had contact with him, please contact” police.

Mete faces multiple counts of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree robbery, unlawful restraint, impersonating a police officer and larceny, police said.

Capt. Chris Davis said police in other towns, including Hartford and Enfield, are also investigating incidents that may involve Mete.

“An educated guess is there are other victims out there who are reluctant to come forward,” Davis said. He said police are not interested in arresting any potential victims. “We’re trying to find out if he did this to anybody else.”

Anyone with information is asked to call DeJulius at 860-645-5545 or detectives at 860-645-5510.

By David Owens, Hartford Courant

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