Mandel’s Daniel Flannery says genealogical DNA is a relatively new practice in law enforcement

Genealogical DNA leads to arrest of 72-year-old man for rape of 9-year-old in 1997
WEWS: A 72-year-old man was recently charged for a sexual assault that took place in Cleveland in 1997. Daniel Flannery, director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, said genealogical DNA is a relatively new practice in law enforcement that can narrow down who the identity of a person is when their DNA doesn’t match anything in a system. “You might link a particular DNA in a sexual assault kit to a relative of an alleged offender,” he said.