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After year delay, IMPD begins sexual assault reform with inventory of thousands of rape kits
Jill Gavin. CBS 4, Apr 30, 2021
“There are three goals for the grant: accountability, justice and reform,” Jane French, Site Coordinator said.

Man sentenced for 1993 crimes as OC works to clear backlog of untested sexual assault kits
Alma Fausto, Orange County Registry, Apr 14, 2021
Arrest made in case from 1993 based on CODIS hit from testing previously unsubmitted SAKs.

Sterling man sentenced to 37 years in Alaska cold-case kidnapping and rape
Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, Mar 25, 2021
A Sterling man was sentenced this week to 37 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman 20 years ago in a case that hinged on long-delayed testing of DNA evidence in a police sexual assault kit.

Man arrested 20 years after sexual assault enters blind plea
Fox 10 News Staff, Mar 11, 2021
Man enters blind plea in sexual assault case from 1998. This case is part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) and is the second conviction in Mobile related to this program.

Tulsa police use DNA testing to arrest man accused in 2003 rape case
Fox 23 News, Mar 11, 2021
DNA from a previously unsubmitted SAK and a subsequent CODIS hit leads to arrest in sexual assault case from 2003.

Fayetteville man arrested in 2009 cold case rape
CBS 17 Digital Desk, Mar 8, 2021
DNA evidence from a previously untested SAK from 2009 led to arrest in sexual assault case.

Suspected Serial Rapist Pedro Samarrippas Arrested On U.S. Mexico Border, Detectives Seek Other Potential Victims
CBS DFW, Mar 4, 2021
Detectives arrested alleged serial rapist in McAllen on two cold case sexual assault warrants based on DNA evidence.

Arrest made in 2004 sexual assault case thanks to grant given to Pima Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Karly Tinsley, KOLD 13, Feb 26, 2021
DNA evidence from previously untested SAKs leads to arrest in double sexual assault from 2004 in Pima County, Arizona. “It’s not a matter of it, it’s a matter of when. It’s a matter of time before that individual commits another crime and that their DNA profile is entered, and it matches one from our kits,” said Crehan.

DNA evidence helps Durham police charge man jailed in Texas with 2015 rape case
CBS 17 Digital Desk, Feb 25, 2021
Durham (NC) police charged a man in connection with a 2015 rape thanks to CODIS hit.

Suspect indicted in 2019 murder of woman found dead in room at local hotel
KWTX, Feb 24, 2021
Individual identified as a suspect in cold case homicide from 2019 through the state Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Program and advanced DNA analysis.

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