Crimes in Sexual Assault Investigations
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In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should be to determine if a crime was or wasn’t committed. One of the major aspects of determining if a crime was committed and by whom, is understanding if the legislative body has enacted laws which are reasonable, logical, and common sensical. Sexual assault investigations are complex and any tool the law enforcement investigator can take from his/her toolbox i.e. specific crimes, will assist the investigator determine if a crime did or didn’t take place. The investigator must then follow investigative protocols and procedures in order to properly and lawfully determine what the witnesses and sexual offender have to offer in investigating the sexual assault allegation. The investigator’s credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the sex crime(s) are not properly and lawfully applied. If the credibility and reliability of the application of such laws are questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of utilizing the crime(s) in a sexual assault investigation.