Almost three months since the wave of sexual assaults and robberies in central Cologne on New Year's Eve, the first suspect has been charged with a sexual crime.

A 26-year-old Algerian man is accused of surrounding and groping a woman along with ten accomplices, a spokesman for Cologne's district court said on Thursday. The start date for the trial has not yet been set.

The victim reported being groped on the buttocks and other sensitive parts of the body, the spokesman said.

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