Rape Kit Tested 2 Decades Later Leads To Arrest

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A Jacksonville, Florida man was arrested last week accused of two counts of sexual battery in connection to an attack police said he committed nearly 22 years ago.

When a woman reported she was struck in the face, choked and sexually assaulted in May 1995 in a downtown parking garage, a rape kit containing evidence was collected, but officials said it was not submitted for processing until 2014 when the public pressure was increasing to catch up on a backlog of rape kits.

Police said the test found a DNA match to 49-year-old old Willie James Miles, who was arrested Jan. 10. He is being held in the Duval County jail on $1 million bail.

Last April, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation to help push thousands of rape kits through the testing system, and even provided funding to use private labs to catch up on the backlog.

In December,  Duval and Nassau counties had 1,400 kits still waiting to be tested. That same month, the Woman’s Center of Jacksonville said that all remaining kits should be submitted to the FDLE crime lab by February.

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