DNA testing of old rape kits must continue

Two men indicted in Cleveland this week might have escaped justice but for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s campaign, launched a few years ago, to devote more resources to analysis of thousands of “rape kits” that had sat on law enforcement shelves for years, even decades.

The two men are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl — in 1998. The prosecutor credits the ongoing program of DNA testing of old rape kits for identifying the culprits.

DeWine’s program has cleared other cases, and has made much progress in investigating sexual assaults many years ago.

All involved in the project should keep up the pressure on violent predators who may well have thought they had escaped justice.