Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office gets 500th indictment from rape kits

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CLEVELAND– This is a milestone day involving rape cases that have gone unsolved for years.

Through the work of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and investigators, the 500th person has been indicted from rape kits, which had remained untested for years.

The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force was formed five years ago when the Ohio Attorney General’s Office starting paying for the testing of 5,000 rape kits, some dating back to 1993.

Investigators found that about two-thirds of the cases involved serial rapists.

“We want to send a message to the rapists, you can run but you can’t hide. We’re tracking you through DNA and through the old-fashioned methods, and you will pay for this,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

The prosecutor’s office has a 92-percent conviction rate from these sexual assault cases. McGinty said bringing these criminals to justice is something it owes to the victims and to the public.