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Arrest made in 1997 Colorado Springs sexual assault case

June 11, 2013
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Atlantis Michaelson Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Police Department 

DNA testing has led to an arrest in a 16-year-old sexual assault that occurred in Colorado Springs.

Atlantis Gibby Michaelson, 41, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the March 1997 sexual assault of a woman who positively identified Michaelson as her attacker, according to Colorado Springs police.

The woman said Michaelson consoled her and then drove her home after she got into an argument with two of her girlfriends during a night out in downtown Colorado Springs.

Once they got to her apartment, Michaelson asked the woman if he could go inside.

"When she refused, he struck her in the forehead and then sexually assaulted her," police said in a news release.

The victim provided investigators a description of her attacker, and police completed a composite drawing. Police also collected a sexual assault examination kit, which was sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

"In April 2012, CSPD investigators were notified that a DNA profile had matched a profile from the Colorado Offender Index to Atlantis G. Michaelson," police said. "A subsequent search for the victim revealed that she was relieved to hear the good news and was interested in cooperating on this case."

At the time of the DNA match, Michaelson was in a federal penitentiary in Virginia and scheduled for release in December. Colorado Springs police said he didn't get out of custody before he was arrested in connection to the Springs case because he was being held in Florida on other unrelated charges.

"We did a lineup with the victim on July 18, 2012, and waited until he finished his sentence in the penitentiary - and then Florida's cases - before he was taken in on our case," police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said in an email.

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