has 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.
As of April 1, 2015, 156 law enforcement agencies have submitted 9,354 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. Of those, 19 kits were submitted after Senate Bill 316 took effect.
As of April 1, 2015, forensic scientists with the
have completed testing on 6,908 of those kits, resulting in 2,584 hits in the
In Cuyahoga County alone, more than 270 defendants have been indicted following DNA testing conducted as part of the effort, including Dwayne Wilson, 54, who was sentenced last week to life in prison with his first parole eligibility in 110 years.
Following DNA testing conducted as part of the initiative and the subsequent investigation by the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, which includes agents from BCI, investigators connected Wilson to multiple sexual assaults on women in the Cleveland area between 1994 and 1997.
"This defendant was indicted on these charges just a few days before he was scheduled to be released from prison on a separate sexual assault conviction, but now this attacker will never be free to walk the streets and target innocent women ever again," said DeWine. "This case is the perfect example of why I feel so strongly that all rape kits associated with crimes must be tested. Not only is this initiative helping to solve unsolved sexual assaults, but it's also preventing future crimes, as well."