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DNA evidence clears man accused of attacking Santa Monica College student

October 6, 2009 |  9:33 am

Los Angeles County prosecutors dropped sexual assault and other charges Monday against a 40-year-old man who sat in jail for nearly six months accused of attacking a Santa Monica College student on campus.

Prosecutors said they have no plans to refile charges against Chase Guy Reynolds in the alleged attack. Reynolds’ attorney said he intends to ask a judge to find his client factually innocent at a later hearing.

Reynolds was released from jail nearly two weeks ago when tests showed that DNA evidence taken from the alleged victim did not belong to him.

During his incarceration, Reynolds was attacked in jail and suffered injuries to his chin, jaw, nose, ribs and the back of his head, court records show.

-- Jack Leonard

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