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Victim testifies about sexual assault

May 14, 2008

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Another woman took the stand Tuesday in Douglas County District Court and described a sexual assault that occurred more than a decade ago.

The 33-year-old is one of three women prosecutors say were attacked by a serial rapist in Lawrence in the early to mid-1990s.

The suspect, a 39-year-old California man, was identified last year after advances in DNA technology. Samples from evidence collected during the initial investigation were re-tested at the urging of one of the victims who contacted the KBI laboratory in 2004.

"I knew they had new technology, and I knew my evidence was sitting on a shelf getting dusty," the victim of a September 1995 rape testified. "I wanted to live the rest of my life knowing that I tried to fix this."

On Monday, a 38-year-old woman described how she was attacked 14 years ago.

The suspect is on trial for cases involving the two women. A case involving a third woman was thrown out because the statute of limitations had run out. The man faces four counts of rape and three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.

Testimony resumes this morning in the trial.

The Journal-World typically does not identify suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction.

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