527 DNA tests ordered in French high school rape case

Global News

PARIS – 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.

“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…

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