Rape kit testing leads to 500th indictment
CLEVELAND - A major milestone in the fight to bring justice for hundreds of rape survivors in Cuyahoga County. Suspect number 500 has been indicted thanks to DNA testing of backlogged rape kits.
Thousands of women are still waiting to feel some relief. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office received more than 13,000 rape kits from close to 300 law enforcement agencies across the state. A majority came from Cuyahoga County.
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“We have tested almost every single one of those kits with less than 100 Cuyahoga County kits left to go,” said DeWine.
So far, these kits lead to 500 indictments in Cuyahoga County and there is a 92-percent rate of conviction out of the cases closed so far.
“We have an unrelenting commitment to bring these offenders to justice,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “That is critically important. We are getting the bad guys, and we will continue to do that."