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Rape kit testing moves forward in Oregon

Portland Police make their first conviction since finally testing decades-old sex assault evidence kits.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 5:36 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) - After more than a decade, an accused rapist is finally brought to justice.

Portland police announced they have their first conviction since finally testing decades-old sex assault evidence kits.

41-year-old Jose Rosales was convicted of two counts of raping a Portland resident back in 2006.

"It feels good to get justice for the victim," said Portland Police Sgt. Chris Lindsey. "It feels good that this process is working and we are correcting things."

Police said these cases have been a backlog issue for several years and now victims are finally seeing justice.

DNA matches are now coming in, thanks to money from 2016, Congress approved money to zero-out the national rape kit backlog.

Portland Police said they had a dismal record of testing just 39% of the rape evidence kits.

They said now that they have the money, all 1,700 of their kits, some going back to 1985, are at a private lab being tested.

Police said since the #MeToo movement started, they've had an increase in sex crime reports.

They said that's not necessarily a bad thing because normally only one-third of victims report attacks.

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