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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

For media inquiries only, contact:  
Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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SPOTSYLVANIA MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED THROUGH AG HERRING’S PERK KIT BACKLOG PROJECT

~ First charges resulting from PERK backlog project filed against Dyron Williams, Sr of Spotsylvania for carnal knowledge of a minor after he was identified by testing a 2012 PERK kit ~

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (November 13, 2019)—Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger L. Harris today announced charges against Dyron R. Williams, Sr., 26, of Spotsylvania County, for violating § 18.2-63 Carnal knowledge of child between thirteen and fifteen years of age. Williams was identified after a PERK kit collected in 2012 was tested as part of Attorney General Herring’s project to eliminate Virginia’s rape kit backlog. The DNA profile developed from the kit was uploaded to the national DNA database and identified Williams as the source of the DNA. Williams was served with warrants for his current charges at the Caroline Correctional Unit where he was incarcerated for unrelated charges.

 

“This is why every single PERK kit needs to be tested every time, and it’s why we’ve been working so hard to eliminate the backlog of untested kits once and for all,” said Attorney General Herring. “By testing these kits and entering the information into the DNA database we can identify suspects, link crimes by unknown suspects, make our communities safer, and hold perpetrators accountable. I want to thank Sheriff Harris and his team for following through on this case, as well as the Department of Forensic Science and all our law enforcement partners for their dedication to this project.”

 

“I’m extremely thankful for the funding that was provided by the Attorney General’s office to help with the amount of backlogged rape kits across the Commonwealth that were forensically tested. Collaborative partnerships amongst agencies have positive results,” said Sheriff Harris, who also represents the Virginia Sheriffs Association on the steering committee organized by the Office of Attorney General to help to coordinate the testing of kits. “I applaud the Commonwealth’s efforts to ensure justice for sexual violence survivors and am proud to represent my fellow sheriffs across Virginia in this crucial effort.”

 

These are the first charges resulting from the effort led by Attorney General Herring along with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and local law enforcement agencies to eliminate a backlog of thousands of untested PERK kits, some of which were decades old. Several dozen additional cases remain under review or investigation by law enforcement agencies around the Commonwealth.

 

The PERK testing initiative is just one part of Attorney General Herring’s larger effort to change the culture around sexual violence in Virginia. In addition to eliminating the rape kit backlog, he has invested in training to make trauma-informed, survivor-centered responses the new standard, has worked with DFS to launch the state’s first electronic statewide PERK tracking system, and has brought on additional personnel to support survivors.

 

Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. Williams is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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