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February 20, 2013

Sheriff finds unprocessed rape kits in Robbins

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ROBBINS (AP) — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says dozens of sexual assault kits found in an evidence room at the Robbins Police Department will be sent to the Illinois State Police.

Dart says 51 rape kits, some dating to 1986, were never submitted for analysis. In addition to the kits, 55 guns never sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace their original ownership were found.

Dart on Tuesday said there is no acceptable reason why the rape kits weren't sent for testing.

Robbins Police Cmdr. Christian Daigre says the evidence room had not been maintained as it should have been but, "Going forward, it will absolutely be."

In 2007, about 200 untested rape kits were found at the Harvey Police Department, resulting in several arrests.

 

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