An administrator at the Massachusetts State Police crime laboratory mishandled DNA test results in 27 sexual assault cases, nearly twice as many as state officials’ most recent count, according to a nearly completed internal review. In his first interview on the problems at the lab, Kevin M. Burke, the state’s new public safety secretary, told the Boston Globe that the DNA computer database administrator, Robert E. Pino, failed to tell law enforcement officials of DNA matches in 23 sexual assault cases.
During the time Pino did not report the matches, the statute of limitations expired in the cases. Despite hope expressed by some district attorneys that they could prosecute some of those cases, Burke said they cannot be pursued. Burke said investigators do not know why Pino let the statute of limitations run out on nearly two dozen matches.