Rape Kits Crucial To Identifying Suspects

The careful collection of evidence in a rape kit helped identify Anthony Vaughn's DNA to several rapes.

"We are here to do it right to do it right the first time," said Anne Boatright, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Nurse Coordinator at Methodist Hospital.

As soon as a victim claims they are sexually assaulted, nurses collect crucial evidence in what is called a rape kit.

"It's a bunch of samples in which prosecution and law enforcement can use to potentially collect DNA and other evidence that can identify a suspect," said Boatright, while showing WOWT Six News the box.

Each area on the body that the victim says they were touched is examined, recorded, and collected.

"These situations are traumatic, people can forget pieces of what has happened to them," said Boatright.

The evidence allows science to speak for itself. After four hours of collection, the kit is sealed and sent to a lab.

Vaughn's DNA was ultimately linked five times through the rape kits, dating all the way back to 1999.

Vaughn had been charged with five counts of first degree sexual assault. Monday, Vaughn pleaded no contest to two counts of first degree sexual assault, one count of attempted first degree sexual assault, and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

"Ultimately our goal is to provide victims, regardless of the outcome of their case, with the best care possible. I think this is wonderful for victims out there," said Boatright.

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