Schimel announces sex assault kit testing complete

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Department of Justice has finished testing thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits dating back to the 1980s.

Monday’s announcement is huge for Schimel, who has been criticized for taking too long to finish testing.

Schimel started a project in 2016 to test about 4,000 kits sitting on Wisconsin police department and hospital shelves. Although those are completed, five kits submitted since June 1 remain untested.

Democrats, including Josh Kaul, who is challenging Schimel in November’s elections, have criticized Schimel for taking years to complete the testing. They say delays have left dangerous criminals on the streets.

Schimel counters that it took time to inventory the kits and find private labs to analyze them. He had promised testing would be complete by the end of 2018.

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