A A Cincinnati police officer ‘set aside’ rape kits for years, reports Fox 19 News, likely leading to identifiable rapists remaining at large and denying defendants access to potentially exculpatory evidence. Christopher Schroder, 52, has reportedly agreed to resign as part of a plea deal on a dereliction charge. It remains under investigation by local prosecutors, who are also trying to determine the extent of the problems caused by the unprocessed evidence: “It’s going to be hundreds of cases,” said prosecutor Joseph Deters.
The officer “is accused of doing nothing. OK. He literally had active cases where he wasn’t doing his job,” Deters told FOX19 NOW.
“We’re looking at, literally, over a decade of cases right now, to see if it’s affected any of them. And, you know, I don’t know if anyone appreciates the significance of what it means,” the prosecutor said. “And I don’t know how far back it goes. But CPD takes this incredibly seriously and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
So there could potentially be rapists who were never even contacted and rape victims whose rapists are still free?
“Yes,” replied Deters. “And that’s what CPD is actively trying to solve right now.”