CoCo District Attorney Clears Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits With Help From Manhattan D.A.

March 13, 2019 10:00 am · 22 comments

The Contra Costa County District Attorney has cleared the county’s backlog of 1,246 untested rape kits that have accumulated from 1978 to 2016 with the assistance of a grant from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in New York.

Untested kits were collected from agencies throughout the county and sent them to Sorenson Forensics in Utah for testing. The results yielded 182 new DNA profiles that have been entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index
System, or CODIS database. There were 51 known offenders identified as suspects in those cases, and eight cases have been reopened for further investigation so far.

“I want to express my gratitude for our partners working with our Office to end the backlog,” District Attorney Diana Becton said today in a statement.

“Testing these kits can help bring closure and justice to sexual assault victims,” Becton said. “We are going to continue working on this issue to ensure we never have a backlog in our community again.”

State law requires law enforcement agencies to test rape kits within specified timeframes, or produce substantial reasons why they were unwilling or unable to do so. Becton said that going forward, her office will
monitor law enforcement agencies throughout the county to ensure that rape kits are tested in a timely fashion.

Nationwide, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program has tested more than 55,000 rape kits, entering more than 18,800 DNA profiles into CODIS.

Ricardoh March 13, 2019 at 10:07 AM

I am confused again. Why was there a backlog?

Silva March 13, 2019 at 12:28 PM

I think I can recall it being a really lame excuse or two, lack of resources and or “manpower” or something like that.

Jojo Potato March 13, 2019 at 1:21 PM

I think it was a combination of not caring and difficulty with the testing. Now the technology is so much better (I’m guessing here) it’s great to use it to clear the backlog. But keeping in mind that this company in Utah is making money off the sudden flood of new business then I have to wonder. Maybe Romney is making millions on this. (Grabs my hat and run) Insert here your favorite quotes from questionable pundits and web sites. Anyone?

AnonZ March 13, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Backlogged from 1978 is F*&^%$^*ING PATHETIC.

How many more crimes have been committed by these perps over the years?

Pat March 13, 2019 at 2:34 PM

NO F*&%ING KIDDING!

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM

I F*&%ING agree. Talk about “low priority.”

ZZ March 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM

Wait, where is the #metoo movement?! Since 1978?! What a complete joke! Interesting how there is money for the Illegals!

George March 13, 2019 at 1:16 PM

I agree!

Bob March 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Careful with all that sensical talk and critical thinking.

Jeff Elfont March 13, 2019 at 11:57 AM

Our DA is full of it. Monitor law enforcement agencies that process tests??? Only CCSO has the resources, all of the other departments are too small to have forensic units………108RS

Rich March 13, 2019 at 12:03 PM

How were 55k rape victims okay with their local police/DA not processing or investigating violent crimes which happened to them?

Mir24 March 13, 2019 at 12:24 PM

Thank you, Manhattan District Attorney’s office!!

Silva March 13, 2019 at 12:29 PM

That was sure nice of them.

Shoulda Coulda March 13, 2019 at 1:17 PM

So employees in the lab came to work for
the county, worked an entire career and
never made it to kits from 1978. It sure
is comforting that the DA wants to bring
closure and justice to these victims.
Have ya noticed that very often what some
people say and what they do are two
different things.

Pat March 13, 2019 at 2:32 PM

Castrate not only the perps but those who allowed the kits to be backlogged. NO excuse whatsoever. And no delay in their castration. Line them up!

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 10:04 PM

Let me at ’em!

S March 13, 2019 at 3:03 PM

Isn’t there a “State” Crime Lab????? Follow the money…. State charges the city; nobody wants to pay.

Anonymous March 13, 2019 at 3:41 PM

Now our plagiarizing DA is going to monitor police departments. How’s that work? The DA doesn’t even know about crimes until the cops bring them a case. Our DA “monitoring” our Chiefs is not going to go over well. She needs to monitor her job applications. And shut up.

Blindboy March 13, 2019 at 5:44 PM

If it was backlogged due to money that’s pathetic, Concord police paid $32k to do a lip sync video. Think the money could have been used to clear up some of these kits.

jon s March 13, 2019 at 6:12 PM

They waste money on witch hunts going after people that made ficticious FB accounts.

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 9:56 PM

How many of those rapists have died of old age in the interim?

Pied March 14, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Some untested kits since 1978? That’s a goddamn disgrace.

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