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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.

Mid-South Man Identified through Sexual Assault Kit Testing Gets Multiple Life Sentences for Kidnapping and Rape of Six Women Over Seven Years
U.S. DOJ Western District of Tennessee, Dec 16, 2019
Michael Love, 46, a Horn Lake, MS resident, has been sentenced to life in federal prison after having been found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting six women in Memphis and attempting to kidnap and rape a seventh between 2008 and 2015.

Man charged with two New Orleans rapes reported 24 years apart, Dec 12, 2019
An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday charged a man with two rapes which were 24 years apart.

With new federal grant, Duluth moves from testing rape kits to prosecuting cases
Katie Galioto, StarTribune, Dec 11, 2019
During their SAKI project, Duluth has tested 444 kits, that have led to 126 CODIS Hits, 5 convictions, and 13 charges filed,

An evaluation of Kentucky’s sexual assault investigator training: results from a randomized three-group experiment
Journal of Experimental Criminology, Dec 10, 2019
This study evaluated a 40-h statewide sexual assault investigations training program implemented in Kentucky in 2017. The study examined short- and long-term effects of training on police officers’ self-reported rape myth acceptance, knowledge of state laws, and knowledge of trauma-informed practices.

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.

New DNA evidence helps lead to arrest of Louisville man in 29-year-old rape case
Billy Kobin, Courier Journal, Dec 7, 2019
A 70-year-old Louisville man was arrested Saturday thanks to DNA testing of a rape kit from an alleged sexual assault that took place 29 years ago to the day, according to police.

Testing of backlogged sexual assault kits results in another conviction
Addy Bink,, Dec 5, 2019
According to the Department of Justice, Brandon Darnick of Minocqua has been found guilty of First Degree Child Sex Assault – Sexual Contact with a Person Under Age 13 for an assault that occurred in 2013 based on testing a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit.

Suspect indicted in 2013 rape; 12th case in Mult. Co. Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Project
KATU Staff, KATU 2, Dec 4, 2019
The Multnomah county SAKI project indicts its 12th suspect since the programs inception.

County ready to prosecute old rape cases
Hawaii Tribune Herald, Nancy Cook Lauer, Dec 3, 2019
Hawaii Island’s decade-long backlog of rape test kits have all been processed, and now it’s time to move onto the next step — investigating and prosecuting the cases. Of the 189 test kits submitted for analysis, 47 had DNA profiles loaded to CODIS, the federal Combined DNA Index System database. Of those, 11 resulted in hits against known suspects, according to the state Department of the Attorney General.

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