DNA links Ohio man to city rape

(April 4, 2007) — A DNA “cold hit” has allegedly linked an Ohio convict to a rape that occurred in Rochester seven years ago.

Terry Beauford, 48, pleaded not guilty today in Monroe County Court to first-degree rape, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny for a rape and robbery on May 29, 2000.

Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. ordered Beauford held without bail and scheduled a trial for June 25. If convicted, Beauford faces up to 25 years in prison.

Beauford was convicted of robbery in Ohio and sent to prison in 2001, said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Sommers. Because of the conviction, he was required to submit a sample of his DNA.

That DNA was submitted to a nationwide system of DNA databanks and compared with DNA collected in unsolved crimes. A match was found between his DNA and DNA collected from the Rochester rape victim, Sommers said.

The victim didn’t know her attacker, which made identifying the rapist difficult, Sommers said.

“Without DNA…this case would never have been solved,” she said.

She also credited Rochester Police Investigators David Giudici and Charles LoFaso with their work on the case. They traveled to Ohio and interviewed Beauford, who didn’t know about the DNA link and denied any involvement.