Forensic scientist takes the stand during trial for former Utica firefighter accused of lewd act

Two forensic scientists took the stand on day two of a trial for former Utica firefighter, Richard Forte.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 6:32 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - During day two of the trial for former Utica firefighter, Richard Forte, the prosecution called four Utica Police Department officers and two forensic scientists from the New York State Crime Lab to the stand.

Forte is charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree for intentionally causing damage to someone else's property, criminal tampering in the third degree for tampering with property of another person with intent to cause substantial inconvenience, and making a punishable false written statement.

The trail began Monday and stems from an incident that happened in January of 2018

During the trial on Tuesday, the prosecution played a recording of an investigator interviewing Forte after the incident was reported. In the video, Forte denies all allegations, and says he wouldn't agree to a swab test until he spoke to his lawyer.

In the video he also says he never entered the female firefighter's room or touched her pants.

One forensic scientist from the NYS Crime Lab who testified says it was he job to test the substance found on the pants. Once she determined the substance to be semen, she made five cutouts where the stains were.

Another forensic scientist that took the stand says she analyzed the semen stains for DNA.

Four people were swabbed for DNA after the incident, including the female firefighter who owned the pants and three male firefighters, one of them was Forte.

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