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Attorney General says state is cracking down on sexual assault

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state's top law enforcement official has released new data on Ohio's effort to crack down on sexual assault.

Attorney General Mike DeWine told media outlets that, as of June 1, 137 Ohio law enforcement agencies have submitted more than 7,600 previously untested rape kits for testing by forensic scientists with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

To date, the BCI has completed DNA testing on 3,800 of those rape kits as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative. The testing has led to 1,300 hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

DeWine launched the Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative to offer free DNA testing to any law enforcement agency with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed. Many of the kits submitted as part of the initiative are between one and two decades old.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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