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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeD.C. Metropolitan Police Department

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In FY2019, SAKI awarded D.C. Metropolitan Police Department a grant in the amount of $1 million. Funds are being used to support the ability to conduct thorough investigations. Funding also will be used to conduct forensic genealogy on an estimated 500 sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have been tested; SAK genealogy testing began in 2020. Additionally, a SAKI site coordinator was hired in 2020 to track funding, data collection, and testing results under this award.

In FY2023, SAKI awarded the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department $1.25 million to support the continued investigation and resolution of unsolved sexual assault-related cases through advanced DNA testing and investigative tools. D.C. Metropolitan Police Department will inventory cases for further testing, investigation, and solvability; inventory cases eligible for forensic genetic genealogy testing; submit evidence for testing; follow all generated leads; interview victims, witnesses, and suspects; and travel where necessary for further investigation. Expected outcomes include generating leads, identifying suspects and persons of interest, identifying serial offenders, and linking cases to each other. Expected outcomes will also include closing cases administratively or with arrest and then building and strengthening these cases for successful prosecution.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2019 $1,000,000 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults
FY2023 $1,250,000 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults

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News and Events

"Indictment in Nine Year Old Cold Case Defendant is Charged With Sexual Assault in D.C. and Maryland"
Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia, Sep 15, 2023
"Dawayne Joseph Spriggs, 37, of Washington D.C. and Prince George’s County, Maryland, was arraigned today on charges stemming from a 2014 cold case involving a stranger sexual assault, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Acting Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). This case was brought as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Cold Case Sexual Assault Initiative and investigated by MPD’s Sexual Assault Unit. In February 2018, the U.S. "

Man Arrested in 2005 DC Sexual Assault of Girl
NBC Washington, Aug 6, 2022
"D.C. police arrested a man nearly 17 years after the armed sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Southeast. According to court documents, the evidence collected from the incident was recently sent out for a new forensic DNA analysis. When the DNA profile was entered into a national database, it matched another sample from Virginia."

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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.

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