On the Go: RSS | Email Alerts | Mobile


Archives | Consumer Alerts | Submit an I-Team Tip | RSS feed

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large

Sexual assault victim claims MCSO failed to do its job

Reported by: Josh Bernstein
Email: jbernstein@abc15.com
Last Update: 5/21 8:42 pm
Video Click the play button on the video window to the right to see the story

A team of attorneys claim the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is improperly clearing cases.

Eight years ago, when Abigail Brown was just 14 years old, she claims she was sexually assaulted by several of her high school classmates.

"My life in high school, pretty much became unbearable, so I ended up dropping out," said Brown at a press conference Thursday morning.

Brown says the alleged assault was reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"The investigation never produced any action, but only left me more exposed and unprotected to the men that were involved," Brown said.

That's because the former Valley resident claims detectives failed to properly investigate her case.

Brown and her team of attorneys say the case was "exceptionally cleared."

That's a technical term that means a suspect or suspects has been identified, but for some "exceptional" reason could not be charged.

"One example is because the suspect is dead or is currently incarcerated and can not be extradited," said Clint Bolick an attorney with the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bolick has teamed up with Brown's attorneys to challenge the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office policy of exceptionally clearing cases.

They claim, "75 percent of the cases cleared by MCSO are cleared by exception."

According to records obtained from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Bolick said, "Only 18 percent of the cases cleared by MCSO were cleared by arrest."

Bolick went on to say, "that is simply absurd."

In a statement to ABC15, the Sheriff's Office claimed, "The Goldwater Institute’s report cites the FBI’s Uniform Code Reporting handbook, which is a voluntary crime-reporting program to compile statistical information and reports. The UCR is not intended for oversight on how law enforcement agencies clear cases."

The statement goes on to state, "The Sheriff’s Office has its own criteria for clearing cases. We are currently looking into the example case given by the Goldwater Institute. At first glance, it appears that this case appropriately falls under the specified criteria for “exceptionally cleared”, however the Office cannot intelligently comment on this case until we have had time to review the facts of the case."

Meanwhile, Abigail Brown and her team of attorneys are demanding a review of all exceptionally cleared cases by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

They are also calling on state lawmakers to require all law enforcement agencies to annually report the number of cases cleared by exception.



ABC15.com wants to feature your stories, photos, and videos here on the site! You can also find us on various social sites.
   
   
Sex offender found living with potential victims in Phoenix
DPS officers said Ricky Weese was discovered living with his girlfriend and her two small children.
New law would let you pay your way out of a ticket
Get caught violating a traffic law and you could avoid the ticket and a long afternoon in traffic school for just $282. Video Watch Video
Autopsy conducted on inmate who died in Arizona heat
Marcia Powell died after she collapsed in an outdoor, unshaded holding cell in Goodyear.
Staying home? Why not do some 'holiday home hunting'
Travel is expected to be down in the Valley this weekend, but realtors are hoping sales are up. Video Watch Video
Sheriff: 2 dead in helicopter crash off I-17 north of Valley
Lisa Bosgra, who works nearby said she heard a strange noise before the helicopter crashed. Video Watch Video
Smart Shopper: Get 12 free donuts from Krispy Kreme
Head over to any of the six Valley Krispy Kreme Donuts on Saturday -- but go early. Video Watch Video
Valley homeowners saving cash on 'green' swimming pools
Energy efficient pool systems are proving good for the environment and the pocketbook.
Free check to see if car is stolen before you buy it
The used car you may want to buy could be stolen. But there are free websites where you can check them out before you spend the money. Video Watch Video

  This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.