Maricopa County sheriff's detectives have agreed to further investigate 28 botched sex-crime cases—including one that's a decade old—after the County Attorney's Office said additional work was needed for them to be considered for prosecution.
Some of the cases flagged by prosecutors involve suspects whose criminal histories include sex crimes and who allegedly committed assaults that sheriff's investigators failed to adequately look into, according to a document prosecutors prepared for detectives.
In one case, a man confessed to family members that he sexually assaulted an acquaintance in 2002, but it appears his relatives were not interviewed by deputies and the man was never prosecuted for the crime. The man, whose criminal history includes a sexual assault in Iowa, is listed as a suspect in two other cases in Chandler and was prosecuted this year for failure to register as a sex offender, the document shows.
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