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Report: New Akron police initiative looks into 20 years of unsolved rapes

Posted: 3:27 PM, Jun 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-23 15:27:25-04
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AKRON, Ohio — A new Akron police unit is looking into 20 years of unsolved rapes, according to News 5's media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal .

Police are four months into a new project that reinvestigates every old rape kit over the past 20 years.

Three veteran detectives are on the team and working alongside the Victim Assistance Program of Summit County, the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties and a Summit County assistant prosecutor.

Since the Akron Sexual Assault Kit Initiative launched, the team has reinvestigated 41 sexual assaults, many of which happened in 1999.

The team picked that year because the state prevents prosecutions of rape after 20 years have passed.

To read the Akron Beacon Journal's full story, click here .