Ohio AG clears more than 3,000 previously untested rape kits

The SAK Testing initiative is taking place at BCI.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that forensic scientists with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have tested more than 3,000 previously untested rape kits.

The testing was done as part of the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative.

"As of today our scientists have tested 3,010 kits that may have never been tested if not for this initiative," said Attorney General DeWine. "This testing has helped convict people in connection with crimes they likely thought they got away with decades ago."

The testing done so far has led to 992 hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.

Attorney General DeWine announced the SAK Testing Initiative in December 2011 by offering free DNA testing to any law enforcement agency with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed.

So far, 5,850 kits have been submitted by 121 law enforcement agencies. More than half of those kits have been submitted for testing in the past year.