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A forensic scientist at the Arizona state crime lab intentionally hid her backlog of cases for years, failed to test DNA submitted in 40 cases, and kept evidence from those cases in her possession, according to a DPS audit uncovered by a six-month 12 News Investigation.

In at least one of those cases, justice may have been denied.

Tempe police investigate alleged sex assault

On October 18, 2009, 19-year-old Melissa Rukstelis called Tempe police to report she was sexually assaulted by a man she said she dated in high school.

Rukstelis had been at a party hosted by a friend in the area of McClintock and Hermosa Drive, the police report said. She told the investigating officer Det. Sue Schofield she had recently re-connected with David Baldry, 21.

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