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Calvin Howard, facing up to 25 years in prison on rape charges, was cleared Monday after a DNA test proved he could not have assaulted the victim, authorities said.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Felasco said the genetic test and its exoneration of Howard, 19, showed the system works.

He was accused of attacking a 19-year-old LeMoyne College student in her dormitory Oct. 7. Although the victim was unable to identify her assailant, another student identified Howard as the man she saw leaving the victim's room.

Howard is serving a maximum seven-year jail term for burglarizing another room in the same dormitory four days before the rape incident.

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