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Nevada testing of backlogged sexual assault kits leads to 12 arrests

Posted at 3:20 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 18:20:14-04

At least 12 people have been arrested around Nevada after backlogged sexual assault kits were sent for DNA testing. 

The Nevada Attorney General's Office reports that 83 percent of the 7,645 untested sexual assault kits in the backlog have been sent for testing. Of those kits, ​4,871 of these kits have completed testing thus far, representing a 63 percent completion rate.

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​466 DNA matches have been identified, and at least 12 arrests have been made statewide by local law enforcement. 

​In northern Nevada, 584 kits have been sent out for testing, with 372 kits having completed testing. 59 DNA matches have been identified.  

In southern Nevada, 5,783 kits have been sent out for testing, with 4,499 kits having completed testing. 407 DNA matches have been identified.

Nevada’s sexual assault kit backlog has existed since the 1980s.