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Suit: Loss of blood sample led to dismissal of sex crime

via Albuquerque Journal, by Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer

In the five years, it took to process a rape kit, key evidence was lost that could have led to the conviction of an Albuquerque man on sex crime charges, a lawsuit alleges.

The Albuquerque Police Department lost a blood sample that could have shown that the 18-year-old victim was drugged before she was raped in 2015, the suit said.

“There’s a reason that most women don’t report rape, and part of that reason is because of the lack of care we take in prosecuting these cases.” said Laura Schauer Ives

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