A Commitment to Justice: Analyzing Ohio’s Untested Sexual Assault Kits

When it is said that the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Initiative is taking some of the “worst of the worst” criminals off the street, no one familiar with the Elias Acevedo case would argue.

Acevedo, who was picked up after the analysis of a nearly 20-year-old rape kit revealed his DNA, eventually confessed to raping and murdering two women and raping four others—his pregnant sister-in-law and three of his daughters. He pleaded guilty to 297 counts and was sentenced in December 2013 to 445 years in prison.