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Va. Sheriff Pushes for DNA Data Bank Expansion

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)- Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding is renewing his push for Virginia to collect DNA for all criminal convictions.

In a news release Friday, Harding advocated for the expansion of the state's DNA data bank, which currently includes mostly convicted felons. Harding says the move would prevent and solve more crimes.

For example, Harding called University of Virginia student Hannah Graham "another unnecessary victim" because she might never had met her accused abductor if his DNA was collected on a trespassing conviction in 2010. Jesse L. Matthew Jr.'s DNA would have generated a "hit" at that time in the databank to the 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax.

Virginia has collected profiles from felons and from those convicted of a handful of sex-related misdemeanors since 1989.

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