Cleveland's last backlogged rape kits to be tested

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police have eliminated a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence and sent the last of nearly 4,000 rape kits to a state crime lab, though it could take another year before the testing is complete.

The Plain Dealer ( ) reports more than half those kits have been tested for DNA to be compared with profiles in a law enforcement database. That effort and investigations by a related task force have led to almost 170 indictments.

Authorities began the effort in 2009 to catalog and test kits that weren't previously tested because of earlier policies and limits on what evidence the state lab would process. Some of the evidence dated to 1993.

A prosecutor says every Cleveland rape kit from 1993 to 2000 should be tested by September.