DNA doesn’t match defendant on trial for Waukegan sex assault

Christopher Colin, 24, is charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony.
Christopher Colin, 24, is charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony.

DNA testing of samples from an alleged Waukegan sexual assault victim turned up no evidence implicating Christopher Colin, the defendant currently on trial in the case.

Testifying in Lake County court on Wednesday, a forensic biologist from the Northeastern Illinois Crime Lab said that while a small amount of male DNA was recovered from a swab of the woman, it was overwhelmed by the presence of female DNA, leaving the lab unable to obtain a full male DNA profile.

“Male DNA was definitely indicated,” said forensic biologist M. Kelly Lawrence, but she added that [Colin] “was excluded as a DNA contributor from the profile obtained from vaginal swabs.”

Lawrence also said there was no semen found on the swabs.

The woman had testified Tuesday, the opening day of the trial, that she had taken a shower the morning after the Dec. 28 party at a Waukegan apartment where the alleged assault took place. She later filed a police report and was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for an examination.

The medical report noted no bruising, cuts or abrasions, but also explained that such results are consistent with 95 percent of those examined in sexual assault or abuse cases.

Colin, 24, is charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, involving a victim that prosecutors said was unable to consent to the act.

According to police, prosecutors and state witnesses, Colin was discovered having sex with the 20-year-old in the bathroom while a military deployment goodbye party was being held.

Colin is alleged to have carried the victim into the bathroom after she had been drinking and thrown up once already.

Cory Connor, a state witness in the case, testified Tuesday that he and two other friends broke into the bathroom worried about their friend and saw Colin having sex with her as she was bent over the toilet.

Also on Tuesday, the woman testified that she could only remember some of what happened that night. She acknowledged drinking and said she remembered being in the bathroom with Colin, but not remembering how she got there.

Under examination from Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Kalcheim Rothenberg, the woman said she remembered Colin being behind her in the bathroom and that she knew he was having sex with her because she felt pain.

She responded under further questioning that she felt sick and weak, and was not capable of saying no or physically stopping the alleged act.

Defense attorney Robert Ritacca maintains the alleged incident involving Colin never happened.

“There was no sex,” he said.

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