Cuyahoga County

Cleveland has cleared backlog of 3,985 untested rape kits

Cleveland -- Cleveland police have sent the last of 3,985 rape kits to the state crime lab for testing, clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence stretching back to 1993.

The effort to count, catalog and submit the kits for DNA testing began in late 2009 and later spurred the creation of a collaborative task force to handle the investigation and prosecution of the often decades old cases.

So far, that work has resulted in the indictments of nearly 170 men.

"For years, unknown offenders could take comfort in victims not being able to identify them and any resulting investigations being closed because there were no other leads to pursue," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty wrote in a congratulatory letter to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson Friday. "Those days are now over."

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