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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCharlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (North Carolina)

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SAKI awarded the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) a grant in the amount of $1.1 million, which it will use to submit 300 SAKs to a private lab for testing and update its current property/lab management information system. The department will also use the funds to designate a full-time DNA criminalist, two part-time police officers, a full-time sexual assault advocate, and a full-time site coordinator.

CMPD received an additional $837,342 in funding in 2017, which will run through the end of September 2020. Part of the additional funding will be used to send more than 500 partially tested kits to an accredited lab and to hire a former assistant district attorney to help in preparing the cases for prosecution.

CMPD received $1,494,054 in their fourth SAKI grant, which was awarded in 2019. These funds will be used to maintain project components developed in their 2016 and 2017 grants. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will also be outsourcing the testing of secondary evidence in cases in which sexual assault kit testing did not provide a probative result.

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'Bound and sexually assaulted': Charlotte cold case cleared through DNA after nearly 30 years, police say
Fox 46 Charlotte, Dec 18, 2019
A man is facing several charges including second-degree rape and kidnapping in connection to a sexual assault that occurred in the 1990s in southeast Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Dead man charged in cold-case sex assault near Ballantyne in south Charlotte, cops say
Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, Dec 7, 2019
Police on Friday said they charged a convict who died in 2014 in connection with the 1993 sexual assault of a woman near Ballantyne in south Charlotte based on new DNA testing.

S.C. man arrested, accused of attempting to rape 83-year-old in 1991 Charlotte cold case
WBTV Web Staff, WBTV, Oct 24, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit linked man to sexual assault from 1991.

Man charged in 2006 armed sexual assault of woman walking home in Charlotte
WBTV Web Staff, WBTV, Aug 30, 2019
DNA evidence linked man to cold case sexual assault.

1995 COLD CASE: Woman feels free after rapist sentenced to prison
Glenn Counts, WSOC TV, Aug 16, 2019
A DNA hit led to Christopher McNear’s arrest and conviction. He was sentenced to 16 to 21 years in prison.

Safety Matters- SAKI
WSGE Radio, Jul 8, 2019
Charlotte SAKI Site Coordinator and Cold Case Detective discuss the importance of SAKI and what they are doing with thier grant.

Man charged in connection with second sexual assault cold case from 1994
WBTV, May 30, 2019
CMPD has charged a man for his involvement in a second sexual assault cold case in Charlotte from 1994 after testing a sexual assualt kit that was partially tested previously using antiquated DNA methods.

24 years after a teen was raped near uptown Charlotte, DNA leads to an arrest
Joe Marusak , The Charlotte Observer, Apr 12, 2019
Newly tested DNA evidence from a previously partially tested sexual assault kit led to an arrest of a suspect 24 years after a 16-year-old reported being attacked in Charlotte, NC.

‘Serial rapist’ accused in 1981 Charlotte sex assaults
WIS News 10, Mar 22, 2019
DNA from 2 previously partially tested sexual assault kits from 1981 led to an arrest in Charlotte, NC.

2 women were raped on a Charlotte road in 1992. DNA leads to an arrest, police say
Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer, Feb 8, 2019
DNA from two previously partially tested sexual assault kits from 1992 led to the arrest of a man in Charlotte, NC.

DNA Testing Nabs Suspect Sex Offender Linked To Rape Cold Case
Kimberly Johnson, Patch, Nov 29, 2018
DNA evidence from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit tested under SAKI funds led to an arrest in a 23 year old cold case in Charlotte, NC.

The Defenders: Cold case unit investigating serial rape case
Michelle Boudin, Mitzi Morris, WCNC, Nov 9, 2018
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's cold case unit, is hopeful that they can use new DNA technology and previously collected DNA evidence to solve a serial rape case that included 17 sexual assaults from 1990 - 1999 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

CMPD cold case unit arrests suspect in 1992 rape case
WSOC TV, Oct 30, 2018
DNA from a previously submitted sexual assault kit led CMPD to arrest a suspect in a case from 1992.

DNA Testing Leads To Arrest Made In 26-Year-Old Sex Assault Case
Kimberly Johnson, Charlotte Patch, Apr 13, 2018
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has made an arrest in a 26-year-old sexual assault case after testing a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit.

CMPD charges sex offender with raping 2 teen girls in 1990, 1994
Mark Becker,, Mar 7, 2018
With the help of DNA evidence, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department arrested a registered sex offender for the rape of two girls in 1990 and 1994.

CMPD to get more resources to solve sex crimes
Joe Bruno, WSOCTV, Feb 9, 2017
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is making strides to outsource sexual assault kit testing by entering into a new contract with Sorenson Forensics LLC. The funds for this nearly $250,000 contract are provided through the 2016 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant from the Department of Justice. Read the full story to learn more.

CMPD Making Strides on Backlog of Untested Rape Kits
Medium, Jan 24, 2017
In 2014, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department began inventorying unsubmitted sexual assault kits. During this process, they discovered 1,000 SAKs and that they needed a better way of tracking these kits. So far results have been received from 188 kits, 54 of which yielded DNA profiles, and 13 CODIS hits. Find out more about the CMPD survivor-focused approach to case investigation by reading the full story.

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