More than dozen charged in New Mexico rape kit backlog cases

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities have charged over a dozen people after prosecutors began clearing thousands of backlogged rape cases.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that 16 Albuquerque rape cases have been filed stretching from 2010 to 2017.

Authorities say one man started his sentence, another is awaiting sentencing, two are on the loose and a dozen are headed to trial.

Authorities say the current cases include charges of criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual penetration of a minor, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Authorities say a 2016 report drew attention to about 5,400 rape kits that had been collected but never processed, about 4,000 were from Albuquerque.

Court officials say thousands of cases were closed because of expired statute of limitations, lack of sufficient evidence, no DNA or someone has passed away.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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