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SUSPECT IN STUDENTS' RAPE PLEADS INNOCENT

Convicted rapist Curtis A. Croskery pleaded innocent Wednesday to the rape and beating of a 24-year-old University at Buffalo student in her Lisbon Avenue flat on Sept. 4, 1992.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang ordered Croskery, 24, to remain in the Erie County Holding Center without bail and appointed attorney Daniel J. Henry Jr. to represent him.

Since August 1993, Croskery has been serving a sentence of 20 to 40 years for the rape of a North Buffalo woman that occurred two weeks after the Lisbon Avenue attack.

The UB student, a Long Island resident, was raped and badly beaten during a break-in.

Her roommates found her lying on her bed in a pool of blood, and she remained unconscious for several days. She suffered severe head injuries and left UB.

Linda Foglio, an Albany-based spokeswoman for the state prison system, said Croskery isn't eligible for parole consideration on his conviction in the North Buffalo rape until July 2012.

The Buffalo News disclosed March 12 that Croskery had been linked to the attack through DNA evidence. Law enforcement sources said prosecutors got court permission to take blood samples from a number of suspects in the UB coed rape case to compare to DNA samples they already had in the North Buffalo woman's rape.

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