Nearly 12,000 rape kits submitted for DNA testing

Nearly 12,000 rape kits submitted for DNA testing

(WOIO) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of his Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative on Thursday.

As of Dec. 1, 2015, 240 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,665 kits to be tested. Of those, 2,331 kits were submitted after Senate Bill 316 took effect.

Forensic scientists with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation have completed testing on a total of 9,230 of the kits, resulting in 3,377 hits in the Combined DNA Index System.

In Cuyahoga County alone, 420 defendants have been indicted following DNA testing conducted as part of the effort.

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 free DNA testing.

Senate Bill 316, which went into effect on March 23, 2015, requires Ohio law enforcement agencies to submit any remaining previously untested sexual assault kits associated with a past crime to a crime laboratory within one year. The law also requires that all newly collected rape kits be submitted to a crime lab within 30 days after law enforcement determines a crime has been committed.

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