SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — St. Joseph County is working to improve policies to ensure sexual assault examination kits are tested.
The State Police released a statewide audit in December saying St. Joseph County had the most untested kits in Indiana with almost 480.
Prosecutor Ken Cotter launched an investigation into the issue. The inquiry found that some kits have been tested since the audit, leaving more than 410 untested kits.
Cotter says about 330 of the kits weren’t tested for valid reasons, including victims requesting not to proceed, a conviction being made in the case or anonymous cases.
The roughly 80 remaining kits have been sent for testing and the cases assigned to detectives.
The county is changing policies to ensure all non-anonymous kits are tested, including implementing a yearly audit of kits.