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AG’s initiative testing backlog of rape kits results in ninth indictment in cold cases

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

A ninth indictment was returned Friday on rape charges stemming from the testing of all rape kits that had been part of a backlog, according to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

The case was investigated by the AG’s Sexual Assault Kit initiative cold case unit. DNA from the case’s rape kit matched that from one of the 5,000 of backlogged kits, leading to the indictment of a Louisville man.

“Last August, we announced the indictment of Jason Todd Langston of Louisville, for an alleged 2005 sexual assault of a minor in McCracken County,” said Attorney General Andy Beshear. “The investigation resulting from that indictment, led us to a second victim, and another indictment of Langston, this time in a 2000 sexual assault.”

A McCracken County Grand Jury indicted Langston Friday on four counts, according to Beshear, “including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, kidnapping and with being a persistent felony offender.”

Langston was already lodged at the McCracken County Jail on those earlier charges, which include rape, sodomy, unlawful imprisonment and intimidating a participant in a legal process.

“This ninth indictment shows you how critical working on this backlog is,” Beshear said, “And that we can expect more and more indictments as we move forward. The more investigations we have, the more it will lead us to serial rapists who may still be on our streets. So today is a very good day, but let me tell you, I expect many more good days in front of us.”

Beshear says as their investigation into Langston continued they met a second survivor, who was also an alleged victim of Langston and “there are open investigations” into the case.

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