Schimel says Wisconsin has cleared rape kit backlog

MADISON – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Monday that testing has been completed on all rape kits in the state’s backlog of nearly 7,000 kits, which was originally reported in 2015 by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

Evidence from 4,154 sexual assault cases — some of which dated to the 1980s — has been tested over the last three years. The Department of Justice sought victims’ input before testing and proceeded only after victims gave DOJ officials permission to test the evidence.

But while Schimel announced “every single” case had been tested, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported there remains five untested cases, according to the Department of Justice website. Each of those five kits was submitted for testing after June 1.

Keegan Kyle, an investigative reporter for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, has extensively covered the rape kits backlog since his original report in 2015. Kyle’s reporting, and the state’s effort to clear the backlog, has helped lead to an arrest in at least one case and new suspects in several others. He’s also uncovered a wide array of factors that contributed to the backlog across the state.

Most recently, Kyle wrote about a suspect in Walworth County who has eluded arrest despite new testing of a rape kit from a 2012 investigation.

» Read the Journal-Sentinel story

» Read the release from Brad Schimel