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Sex Crimes

The follow-up investigation of sex crimes, such as sexual assault and indecent exposure, is handled by the Crimes Against Persons Section, Sex Crimes Unit.

Definition: A person commits a sexual assault when they intentionally or knowingly do any of the following to another person and it is committed against that person's will.

  • Causes the sexual organ of another person to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus or sexual organ of another person, including the suspect.
  • Touching of the breast, buttocks, or genital area of a person without their consent.
  • Penetration of another person by any means.
If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault
  1. Report the crime as soon as possible by calling 911
  2. Recall as much as possible about the attacker.
  3. Preserve all physical evidence. Do not take a bath, douche, wash or change clothes or linens.
  4. Do not touch anything handled by the attacker.
  5. You may need a medical examination. The exam will be paid for by the Police Department if the victim files a police report.
  6. Be sure to take clean clothing to wear after the examination. Clothing worn during the attack will be turned over to the police for laboratory analysis.

Important Phone Numbers

  • If medical assistance is needed call: 911
  • Sex Crimes Unit: 897-2335
  • Rape Crisis: 569-2255
  • Help Line: 569-2255
  • Child Protective Services: 568-3374
  • Shelter Services for Women: 964-5245

Conducting the Investigation & Making a Report

When the officers arrive, they will look for evidence and fill out a report. The report will be sent to the Sex Crimes Unit for further investigation.

Follow-Up Investigations

These are the responsibility of the Sex Crimes Unit. One of the unit's investigators will contact the victim as soon as possible to get a written statement.