Defense: Gum DNA doesn't match NY cop

Enters not guilty plea
June 3, 2008 1:50:27 PM PDT
The lawyer for a policeman accused of raping a 17-year-old girl says his client's DNA was not found on gum that the girl was chewing during the alleged attack.New Rochelle Sgt. David Rodriguez submitted a cheek swab after the girl claimed he forced his tongue into her mouth as she was raped. Male DNA was found on the gum but defense attorney Stephen Worth says prosecutors told him it does not match the officer's.

Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Westchester district attorney's office, would not comment.

Rodriguez, who is married to WNBC-TV news anchor Darlene Rodriguez, went to the girl's apartment with other officers on Feb. 8 and arrested her 35-year-old boyfriend on a domestic violence charge. The girl claims he returned after midnight, while off duty, and raped her.