December 8, 2005
’98 “COLD CASE” SOLVED, CHARGES
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey formally charged a man
today in connection the brutal rape of a teenager that occurred
Federico Enrique Candelaria
is charged with first-degree sexual assault (F3),
second-degree burglary (F3) and a mandatory crime of
violence count (SE).
Candelaria is currently in the Colorado Department of
Corrections serving a 5-year sentence for assault and an
18-month sentence for vandalism. His incarceration required him
to submit a DNA sample that was entered into the database known
The new charges allege that in February 1998 he broke into a
northwest-Denver home and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl
who was sleeping in her bedroom. At the time, a suspect was not
This unsolved case came up for review as part of Denver’s DNA
Cold Case Project. DNA evidence that had been retained in the
case was analyzed with current, state-of-the-art technology in
Denver’s crime lab and the results were submitted to CODIS.
In November 2005 the Denver Police Crime Lab received word that
the DNA matched an inmate in the Department of Corrections.
Further investigation revealed that Candelaria had been
acquainted with the victim’s family and lived nearby at the
time. He was 17 at the time but has been charged as an adult in
connection with the attack.
Candelaria, who is currently in the Fremont Correctional
Facility, is scheduled to be advised of the charges on January
6, 2006 in Denver District Courtroom 12 at 8:30 a.m.
The filing of a
criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an
individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws.
A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven
guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6