Ohio rape kit testing generates dozens of indictments

COLUMBUS – In a little more than two years, an initiative to test rape kits has generated 76 indictments in Ohio.

The Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative began in December 2011.

The attorney general's office says forensic scientists with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have received 5,523 previously untested rape kits.

So far, they have tested 2,737 of them.

Through those tests, scientists have found 886 hits in the Combined DNA Index System.

Most of the kits are between 10 and 20 years old, and BCI is trying to test them before the 20-year statute of limitations for rape expires.

One recent example of a successful rape kit test tied 48-year-old George Young to the 1993 rape of a 13-year-old girl and the 1996 rape of a 37-year-old woman.

Young was already in prison on felonious assault charges, so his DNA was in the system. That allowed BCI to connect the rape cases to him.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says, "This case goes to show that rape survivors should not give up hope if a there isn't an immediate DNA match in their case because a match could happen in the future."


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