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Cleveland detective failed to submit rape kits

Posted at 12:09 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 14:12:02-05

Cleveland police say a detective working in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit failed to properly submit an unspecified number of sexual assault kits for testing. Police say the kits have since been admitted for testing. 

An earlier version of this story said the detective failed to submit 140 rape kits, but police have since contacted us to say the number is actually 187. All of the kits have been submitted for testing.

A police spokesperson said the case remains under investigation within the Cleveland Division of Police Bureau of Integrity Control. No charges, criminal or administrative, have been filed to date. Police did not reveal the identity of the detective. 

On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that nearly all 14,000 rape kits that were backlogged for years have been processed. The task force set up to clear the backlog cost more than $9.5 million.

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"It's important to stress these are more than just boxes of evidence," said DeWine. "We look at them, each one represents a person, each one represents a victim."

Over 700 were indicted in Cuyahoga County as a result of the recent processing of rape kits.