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Ohio attorney general: More than 9,000 rape kits tested for DNA matches, some after new law


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 9,000 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

More than 11,400 kits had been submitted as of Nov. 1 as part of an effort that began in 2011 to check previously untested kits for evidence. About 2,100 of those were submitted after a new law went into effect in March.

The law now requires law enforcement agencies to submit any remaining previously untested sexual assault kits associated with a past crime to a crime lab within a year.

All newly collected rape kits must be turned over within 30 days after an agency determines a crime has been committed.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says submissions have come from investigators in 232 law enforcement agencies.

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