Detroit man convicted after 2008 evidence tested

The Detroit News

A Detroit man has been convicted of criminal sexual conduct after the evidence against him languished in a Detroit police warehouse for a year.

The conviction of Alan Donnell Broadnax, 57, was the first case handled by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office involving 11,000 sexual assault kits discovered in the police property storage facility in 2009.

“This conviction is long overdue and much deserved justice for the victim,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said Friday in a statement.

Broadnax is scheduled to be sentenced May 9 by Judge Patrick O’Brien in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Broadnax was charged with knocking unconscious and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in a Southfield home in 2008.

After returning home, the woman reported the attack to Hamtramck police. She couldn’t remember the address of the home so her sexual assault kit ended up in the Detroit police storage facility.

In 2009, the 11,000 kits were discovered untested in the warehouse. Some of them dated back 30 years.

Since their discovery, several agencies have joined together to form the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.

The forensic science division of the Michigan State Police have analyzed the kits and worked with a private laboratory, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Detroit police.

In September, Gov. Rick Snyder and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the testing of the kits had been completed.