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Friday, August 24, 2018

McKean County DA/Police Advise Sex Abuse Victims To Come Forward

Joint Statement of McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and Bradford Township Police Chief Robert Shipman

As every other Pennsylvanian who has reviewed the report regarding sex abuse in the diocese in our state, we are concerned about the allegations and share in the frustration that has been universally expressed over the restriction on prosecution in most cases due to the statute of limitations. However, we cannot know what options may still exist until a report is made to the police.

It is important that any victim of sexual abuse know that an investigation will be done if the matter is reported to law-enforcement.

It is likely that the majority of sexual abuse victims do not report the crime. However, for those who desire to have their case investigated, we are concerned that there may be confusion over investigative options. Each case is different depending not only in the facts but on the length of time that has passed and the age of the victim.

It is likely true that many such crimes cannot be prosecuted due to the length of time that has passed since the crime occurred due to the length of time in which crimes can be charged under existing law. However, to avoid any potential prosecutable case from falling through the cracks we encourage any victim to contact the police agency in the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred to begin an investigation. Each case will be reviewed individually. We encourage any victim to come forward in the hopes that justice can be realized.

Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer
McKean County District Attorney
Courthouse
500 W. Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
(814) 887-3312

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Should be noted Catholic Diocese