Fact-Finding in Sexual Assault Investigations
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 fact-finding investigative process which is reasonable, logical, and common sensical was applied. Sexual assault investigations are complex and any tool the law enforcement investigator can take from his/her toolbox i.e. the fact-finding investigative process, will assist the investigator in determining if a crime did or didn’t take place should be utilized. The investigator must then follow the fact-finding investigative process, 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 fact-finding investigative process is not properly and lawfully applied. If the credibility and reliability of the application of the fact-finding investigative process is 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 fact-finding investigative process in a sexual assault investigation.