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Resource ID: #19885
Subject: Military
Source: KPRC-TV (Houston)
Date: 2002-02-02



An investigation by KPRC-TV revealed that the most crucial evidence that would convict rapists on U.S. military bases "in the civilian world was being kept from police if the criminals happened to be in the armed services. Military criminal investigators told a Fort Hood victim that they had all the evidence they need to secure a conviction on her attacker, but they would not be using that evidence because of Pentagon policy. That policy spelled out that DNA on file for every soldier was off limits for solving crimes; even violent attacks committed by soldiers, against soldiers. this victim and some rape crisis counselors said they feared someone would have to die before the military would finally use this DNA to catch the rapist. Their fears came true shortly after (KPRC-TV's) first report hit the airwaves. Only after the publicity, and a random murder, did the military crosscheck the DNA, which concluded one soldier was responsible for both, unrelated crimes."

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