Beshear Announces Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced a newly created unit in his office to focus solely on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cold cases. Beshear said that, now that a majority of the state’s untested SAFE kits have been tested, this unit can begin working with local and state officials to investigate and prosecute cold cases across Kentucky. The unit, funded by a $3million US Department of Justice National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant awarded to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, will include a victim advocate, investigator, prosecutor, and a SAKI coordinator from the three-year US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance funding. The funding will also cover the cost to test any remaining untested sexual assault forensic exam or SAFE kits. Beshear said with the grant paying for the testing of up to 1,500 additional SAFE kits, it means every kit in Kentucky will be tested without exception.

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