Note: Cumulative performance metrics are updated quarterly based on state and local level reports.
DNA links Kentucky man to 2005 sexual assault in Louisville
WHAS11 Staff, Aug 29, 2023
"A program used to solve sexual assault crimes in Kentucky has led to the arrest of a man in a decades old case. Kentucky State Police funding from their sexual assault kit initiative (SAKI) to charge 53-year-old George Wayne Aldridge. The SAKI grant program is funded by the Department of Justice and gives money to police departments to address the backlogs of untested sexual assault kits."
Trial for man facing 21 sex crimes underway
WVTM13, Jon Paepcke, Aug 28, 2023
"The trial of a man accused of victimizing more than a dozen women is underway in Jefferson County. Jonathan Fitzgerald "Master" Lockett is facing 35 total felonies, two-thirds of which are sex crimes."
After nearly 30 years, North Texas police charge man with sexually assaulting woman, child
James Hartley, Star-telegram, Aug 23, 2023
"Denton police arrested a 53-year-old man in two sexual assault and child sexual assault cold cases nearly 30 years after the rapes occurred in 1993 and 1997, according to a news release from police. Marcus Deshaun Johnson was connected to the two cases through DNA evidence collected at the time, according to the news release. Police announced his arrest Tuesday. A National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant also provided funding to support Denton police efforts to solve sexual assault cold cases."
SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims. SAKI funding will not only help link victims to advocates and needed services, but also help jurisdictions implement best practices and comprehensive reform to help bring perpetrators to justice and increase safety in communities by preventing future sexual assaults.
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.