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Connie Liphford found guilty of rape years after he seemingly got away with it

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The Connie Liphford case offers a strong counterargument to those who see the routine collection of DNA from arrestees as a potential violation of privacy.

After all, Liphford had apparently evaded responsibility for a 2008 rape, until a DNA hit three years later.

The probable cause statement on Liphford, on view below, lays out the story with squirm-inducing dispassion.

A 26-year-old woman told police that she and some friends lingered at the 9th Door bar until just about closing time, 1:30 a.m., on February 24, 2008. Afterward, she was standing outside the venue's front door when a couple of men offered her what she thought was a ride home.

Unfortunately, they made a stop first.

The men drove the woman to what's described in the PC statement as an isolated, park-like area. Then one of them climbed into the backseat with her, removed her pants, held her hands over her head so that he could lift her shirt and expose her breasts, and despite her protests, raped her.

The horror wasn't over. Once the first man was finished, he traded places with the second one, who repeated the act. This time, she didn't protest. She just wanted the assault to be over.

Once it was, they asked where she lived, and rather than providing an address, she offered an intersection, Alameda and Quebec, where they left her.

The next day, she told friends what had happened and was taken to Denver Health for a sex assault exam. And then -- nothing for three years, until, on February 25, 2011, the Combined DNA Index System, known as CODIS, registered a match with DNA collected back in 2008 with that of one Connie Lamar Liphford, who'd been busted on a completely separate matter.

Another year would pass before a jury would find Liphford guilty of sexual assault. And his alleged cohort, Domonique Huntington, will have his own day in court on May 4.

Here's a larger version of Liphford's mug shot, followed by the probable cause statement.

Connie Liphford Probable Cause Statement

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