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Northeast Ohio prosecutors will get more money and help to work through backlog of rape cases


CLEVELAND — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced new investigative support and grant funding that will help prosecutors in Cleveland process the backlog of rape DNA kits.

The new resources detailed by DeWine on Friday include a $450,000 grant so the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office can hire six new investigators to help clear the backlog of rape kits that need DNA testing to try to identify suspects. He said office also will get more help from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies have submitted more than 9,000 rape kits for testing to seek DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.

In Cuyahoga County, prosecutors have generated more than 200 indictments due to the testing.

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