CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have destroyed rape kits from about 1,000 cases during the past 16 years, even though evidence from sexual assault exams is used to identify and prosecute rapists.
The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1sACCfc ) it asked for the department’s records under the state Public Records Act.
Those records show that of about 3,000 sexual assault exams performed, the results of about one third were destroyed.
Police Lt. David Robinson said the department’s actions would not stand up to today’s best practices but the way the kits were handled complied with accepted protocols at the time.
He says some exam results were destroyed after victims withdrew complaints, prosecutors declined to prosecute, a suspect was arrested or officers determined no crime occurred.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com