WENHAM — The Charlestown man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young Wenham woman in January, was indicted Thursday afternoon by a Suffolk County grand jury.
The indictments, including 10 counts of aggravated rape and a kidnapping charge, mean that the case against Victor Pena, 38, moves to Suffolk Superior Court, where Pena is tentatively set to be arraigned on March 20.
The 23-year-old victim in the case, who had recently moved to an apartment in Boston, was out with friends at Hennessy's, a popular bar near Faneuil Hall, shortly before she disappeared.
Police used a trail of electronic breadcrumbs, including surveillance images and cellphone signals to track Pena and the young woman to an apartment on Walford Way on Jan. 22.
They were in the process of removing an unauthorized lock on the door of the public housing apartment when Pena opened it. The woman was standing next to him when the door opened.
Because she is believed to be the victim of a sexual assault, The Salem News is no longer reporting her name.
Pena will remain held without bail pending that arraignment, according to the Suffolk District Attorney's office.
A hearing on a motion to detain Pena, scheduled for Friday in Charlestown Municipal Court, has been canceled.
The case was one of two in which young women were kidnapped after leaving downtown Boston establishments.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.