Sunday, August 31, 2014   

27 DNA tests planned over French high school rape
(04-14 18:29)

Male students and staff at a high school in western France -- 527 people in total -- were asked to give DNA samples beginning Monday as police search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl.
The La Rochelle prosecutor's office said tests were expected to last from Monday through Wednesday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school, where the 16-year-old was sexually assaulted Sept. 30 in a dark bathroom. Police recovered genetic material from the girl's clothing, but it had no matches in the national DNA database, AP reports.
"This happened during the school day in a confined space,'' Chantal Devaux, the private Roman Catholic school's director, said in interviews with French media. "The decision to take such a large sample was made because it was the only way to advance the investigation.''
Summonses went out last week to 475 students, 31 teachers and 21 others -- either staff or males who were on campus at the time. The cost to analyze the samples is estimated to total 5,000 euros (HK$50,000).
Devaux acknowledged that all the results could come back negative, sending investigators back to the drawing board.
France has an extensive DNA database, with a total of 2 million profiles kept on file as of 2012, and refusing a test can be used against suspects in court.   
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