KY adopts rapid DNA tests for sexual assault cases

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FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ) – Kentucky had one of the worst back logs of untested rape kits in the country.

Now, it’s the first state to adopt rapid DNA testing for sexual assault investigations.

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According to KSP, almost 2,000 people report sexual assaults in the state every year and troopers estimate almost twice that amount are never reported.

A new system called Ande Rapid DNA is essentially a rape kit that gets results much faster.

State police have been testing it for several months and troopers say the technique has proven successful at identifying suspects within hours.

“In less than 2 hours, we can do rapid DNA on exhibits to come up with suspects,” said Richard Sanders, KSP Commissioner.

“It’s huge. You can’t take back time but this is like giving time to other people,” said Michelle Kuiper, Sexual Assault Victim.

State police are paying for this with money from the pilot program, but they’re already looking for about three million dollars in grant money and is asking for the state’s help.

Governor Matt Bevin says if the program is successful the money will be available.