A sheriff’s deputy from Los Angeles County has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old while investigating sex abuse crimes in California.
The 20-year veteran of law enforcement, Neil Kimball, was taken into custody on Friday after a long internal investigation into the acts and deeds of the officer.
Kimball is believed to have raped a young girl in the course of an investigation and then preventing her from testifying.
This isn’t the first case that has come up against Kimball. In 2009 he was accused of making a young woman touch his genitals, but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge and convict the officer. The department released a statement on the event.
“The prior allegations involving Det. Kimball were presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and criminal charges were declined due to insufficient evidence. The department will conduct a review of the internal process related to Det. Kimball’s assignment at Special Victims Bureau.”
Despite the previous allegations, Kimbell was still able to work on the Special Victims Unit that often deals with cases of rape and sexual assault. It is rare that any officer should be able to remain on the SVU after allegations according to Dan Scott, a retired Sheriff’s Department sergeant.
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