Monday 20 October 2014

Pupil DNA tests fail to find rapist

Published 22/05/2014 | 11:17

All male pupils and staff at the school were tested as part of the rape probe

DNA testing of the entire male population of a French school has failed to find the attacker who raped a teenage girl on the campus.

The mass test last month at the Fenelon-Notre Dame high school in western France raised concerns about privacy rights, especially for children. Boys as young as 14 were among those tested, and no-one refused to participate.

The La Rochelle prosecutor's office said in a statement that the DNA samples from 539 students and staff will be destroyed. The samples were compared with genetic material recovered from the girl's clothing.

The prosecutor added that the investigation is continuing into the rape, which the girl says happened in a dark bathroom.

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