DNA test ordered for Sgt. accused of rape

Sgt. David Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty in the case
April 7, 2008 5:23:26 PM PDT
A judge in Westchester County has ordered a DNA test in the rape case against a police sergeant who's married to a TV anchorwoman.New Rochelle Sgt. David Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

Darlene Rodriguez, who anchors WNBC-TV's "Today in New York," has said her husband is "100 percent" innocent.

The police sergeant submitted to a DNA swab Monday after City Court Judge Preston Scher heard evidence that male DNA was found on chewing gum in the teenager's home.

The prosecution theorizes that the DNA could be Rodriguez's - and that it was on the woman's gum because his tongue was in her mouth during the alleged rape.

Rodriguez's lawyer, Stephen Worth, says any positive DNA result could indicate an innocent interaction - for instance, that Rodriguez handed a piece of gum to the victim.


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