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Sex offender takes the stand again in latest trial
Sex offender takes the stand again in latest trial

Nelson Bernard Clifford, a convicted sex offender who has been acquitted in his last four sexual assault trials, took the stand in his own defense again Thursday, telling a jury that the encounter with his alleged victim was consensual. Clifford, 37, coolly testified that he met the woman while driving around looking for a prostitute, and that she invited him in her home and performed a sex act. The woman, a second-grade teacher, testified earlier that a stranger broke into her home, attacked her and left her tied up with belts. Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer McAllister told jurors in closing arguments that Clifford told them "a desperate story" tailored to match the...

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