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Wisconsin DOJ rape tests yield charges against 5 people

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice’s work to test thousands of rape kits has resulted in charges against less than a half-dozen people so far.

Former Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, began a project in 2016 to test thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault kits. He drew intense criticism from his Democratic challenger, Josh Kaul, during last year’s campaign for taking too long to complete the testing.

Schimel announced in September that testing was complete on about 4,100 kits. Kaul still defeated him in the November election.

Kaul announced on Friday that the DOJ is reviewing 600 cases. That review has led to charges against five people.

Kaul says the DOJ plans to review another 1,000 cases in which kit tests revealed DNA profiles.

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