Joe Arpaio's Not the Only Cop in Phoenix Who Sucks at Investigating Sex Crimes
|Also known as El Mirage, Arizona.|
The sheriff hasn't named names, but we're stunned to find out he's right...kinda.
The Phoenix Police Department has run into its own issues when it comes to mishandled sex-crime investigations -- and its botched cases exclusively involve children.
Because the mishandled cases don't involve America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," the Phoenix P.D.'s blunders didn't receive national media attention -- and only garnered a small amount of publicity here in the Valley.
Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times that the department is in the process of reviewing more than 2,500 child sex-crime cases that had many of the same problems -- lack of supplements, lack of followup investigations, etc. -- as the MCSO's botched cases.
In September, an auditor from the Professional Standards Bureau found problems with a lot of investigations conducted by retired Phoenix Detective Alan Maciver.
The questionable investigations prompted an audit of all of Maciver's cases that still fell within the statute of limitations, and could still be prosecuted.
While auditing Maciver's cases, a city auditor took a random sample of other cases in the department's child sex crimes unit and found several other cases -- from other investigators -- that didn't have the proper documentation on file, or may not have been handled correctly.
Crump says the department determined that of the thousands of cases it reviewed -- dating as far back as 1999 -- hundreds of cases weren't handled correctly.
In September, when word of the mishandled cases fell in the lap of acting Phoenix police Chief Joe Yahner, he sought to fix the problem immediately.
"No excuses here, whatsoever," Yahner told a City Council subcommittee. "We have policies and processes in place that we didn't follow to the letter of the law and we should have."
Since then, Crump says, the department has had three separate task forces look at the cases to figure out how to move forward. Many of the cases are still being reviewed, he says.