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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.

25 years in prison for man connected to 2012 child sex assault by rape kit
Fox 11, Fox 11 News, Dec 2, 2019
Man convicted to 25 years in prison for 2012 sexual assault in Wisconsin.

FIRST ALERT INVESTIGATION: DNA match cracks rape case before time runs out
Sarah Thomsen, 2 First Alert, Nov 21, 2019
A Green Bay woman is getting justice more than a decade after she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Brown County prosecutors have charged a man they say is responsible for the attack. The clock had been ticking on this case. The statute of limitations was about to run out.

Report: 90% of backlogged rape kits in Mo. are untested
Amber Ruch, KFVS 12, Nov 20, 2019
Missouri has completed their SAK inventory. They uncovered 6,987 sexual assault kits.

Wisconsin AG: Testing complete for sexual assault kits, state awarded $1.8M to fund continued testing
Fox 6 News, Nov 20, 2019
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Wednesday, Nov. 20 that testing is complete for all sexual assault kits designated for testing in the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).

Man faces charge in child sex crime after DNA match found in PERK kit backlog project
NBC 12 Newsroom, Nov 13, 2019
A 26-year-old Spotsylvania County man became the first person charged in the attorney general’s rape kit backlog project. * also has project stats at end of article.

With thousands of rape kits untested, Iowa will implement a new tracking, reporting system
Danielle Gehr, Des Moines Register, Nov 12, 2019
Iowa is launching a new tracking and reporting system for evidence kits collected from sexual assault victims in July 1, 2020.

Missouri Focuses on Consistency for Sexual Assault Kit Testing
Mary Schuermann Kuhlman, KMA Land, Nov 10, 2019
Missouri focuses on creating consistency in how SAKs are used and nearing the end of their inventory.

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