LA County Sheriff’s Investigator Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Teen Girl During Case Investigation
Last week, former Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigator Neil Kimball pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor whose case he was investigating in 2017. The 15-year-old victim had reported being a victim of sexual assault. Kimball was working for the Special Vicitms Bureau at the time and was assigned to her case.
Kimball had investigated dozens of child sexual abuse cases in L.A. County for the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit since 2013. He was accused of befriending the girl while investigating her case, sexually assaulting her, and threatening her if she told anyone.
He was arrested in November following a month-long internal criminal investigation. A colleague first reported the alleged abuse after he had taken over some of Kimball’s investigations and had contacted some of the individuals involved in these cases.
Kimball was charged with forcible rape, along with a special circumstance charge allegation alleging that the victim was bound. He was also charged with dissuading a witness by force or threat. He pleaded not guilty to these initial charges.
Last week, prosecutors filed amended charges as part of a plea deal. Kimball pleaded guilty to felony lewd act on a child and felony unlawful sexual intercourse. He is expected to face a three-year prison sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender.
This was not the first time Kimball had been accused of seual misconduct. In 2009, he was investigated for sexual battery when a woman reported that he had grabbed her hand and attempted to force her into touching his genitals. This incident allegedly occurred while Kimball was on duty.
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Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Law Enforcement Officers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who represents sex abuse victims in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some general info regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by police officers and other law enforcement officials:
The police are supposed to serve and protect the public, but not all police officers live up to this standard. Some police officers take advantage of their authority in order to sexually abuse innocent citizens. Our attorneys have even seen some cases of police officers sexually abusing individuals whose cases they were assigned to.
Victims of sexual abuse by police officers deserve answers and support. The officers who commit these crimes deserve to be brought to justice. Many victims of such crimes may be afraid to come forward, but these victims have rights.
Along with facing penalties in the criminal justice system, sexual predators in law enforcement may also be held accountable in civil courts. In some cases, the victims of sexual abuse by police officers may have the right to file a lawsuit against the department.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused by a police officer or another law enforcement official, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
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