COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rape kit tests in Ohio are resulting in hundreds of DNA matches of suspected rapists who have remained unidentified for decades as thousands of kits went untested.
A Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative launched by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in December 2011 has now resulted in 1,165 rape kits undergoing forensic testing at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
So far, DNA testing has resulted in 322 so-called "hits" or exact matches of DNA with suspects through a law enforcement database known as CODIS, Combined DNA Index System.
In Cuyahoga County alone, prosecutors have been able to proceed with 33 indictments against suspected rapists as a result of the assault kit initiative.
Forensic scientists at BCI have received 3,180 rape kits for testing from 91 law enforcement agencies across Ohio and predict they will be on target for testing 1,500 of them by October 2013.
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