COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - On Thursday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative.
Status of initiative as of March 2:
• A total of 152 law enforcement agencies in Ohio have submitted 9,237 rape kits for testing by the
as part of the SAK Testing Initiative.
• Forensic scientists at BCI have completed testing on 6,577 rape kits submitted as part of the SAK Testing Initiative.
• The DNA testing has led to 2,465 hits in the
, and all investigative lead information associated with the hits has been returned to the investigating agencies.
In Cuyahoga County alone, 259 defendants have been indicted following DNA testing conducted as part of the effort.
The Attorney General's Office also released a new video detailing the success of the SAK Testing Initiative.
DeWine launched the initiative in 2011 after learning that dozens of law enforcement agencies across the state were in possession of rape kits, some of which were decades old, that had never been sent to a DNA lab for testing. He then made an open call to law enforcement to send their kits to BCI for DNA testing at no cost.
To handle the influx of the thousands of kits, DeWine hired 10 additional forensic scientists to ensure the timely analysis of kits submitted as part of the SAK Testing Initiative. By hiring this additional staff, the older kits are tested as quickly as possible, without slowing down the testing of the more than 6,790 rape kits associated with recent crimes tested by BCI since 2011.