Ohio Rape Kits

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

An initiative to increase the number of tested rape kits.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says as of the first of the year, over 5,000 were submitted by local law enforcement.

Attorney General DeWine encourages the rape kits to be submitted so that information can then be put into the combined DNA index system.

The system then helps track down suspects, resulting in over 800 hits this past year, helping to solve not only rapes, but also other crimes.

Officials say over the years the system has changed, so when arrested on a felony it's like finger printing - they get your DNA as well.

"Essentially someone may get away with a rape or even a homicide," says Capt. Troy Hawkins with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. "It's not just about sexual assault kits, it's DNA as a whole. There is DNA in other cases, now as DNA progresses that can be submitted."

Hawkins says if a person does get away and committs another crime later on, they can be immediately tracked back to the original crime.

He says multiple crimes in Washington County have been solved through this system.

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