What is a Sexual Assault?
As defined by (NRS 200.366), Sexual Assault is: A person who subjects another person to sexual penetration, or who forces another person to make a sexual penetration on himself or another, or on a beast, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his conduct.
What other crimes are considered Sex Crimes that are investigated by the Sexual Assault Detail?
Sex Crimes includes, but are not limited to Sexual Assault, Lewdness with a Minor, Open and Gross Lewdness, Luring a Minor, Statutory Sexual Seduction, Sexual Conduct between Teacher/Student and Pornography involving minors.
Are there other Sex Crimes that are related, but handled by other details?
Yes - There are some sex related crimes handled by other details, such as, child prostitution and suspicious deaths which are investigated by Vice and Homicide details, respectively.
Who works in the Sexual Assault Detail and what do they do?
The Sexual Assault Unit consists of five squads of detectives. Each squad is supervised by a sergeant. Three of the squads work full time on day-shift and two squads work full time on night-shift, in order for 7 day coverage. The detectives are responsible for the screening and reviewing of reported crimes, probable cause arrests, search warrants, case submittal packages. The investigating detective also coordinates with the first response officer in cases where a Sexual Assault has occurred within the preceding 72 hours. The Sexual Assault detective directs the investigation to include the timing and location of the medical exam, victim interview, and crime scene. There are many follow-up steps after the initial response and the steps can alter depending on the complexity/circumstances of the case.
How do I report the crime of a Sexual Assault?
If a Sexual Assault Crime has just occurred, immediately call the LVMPD emergency number of 911. If some time has passed since the assault, but is within 72 hours, the LVMPD emergency number of 911 can still be called, or the non-emergency number of 795-3111. All other cases beyond the 72 hour window can be reported, in person, to any LVMPD Area Command. Area Commands can either take the report, and collect voluntary statements, or call Sexual Assault Detectives for direction. Reports taken will be forwarded to the Sexual Assault Detective Bureau and assigned to a Detective.
What if I have questions or want to speak with the assigned Detective or Sergeant?
Please call the Sexual Assault Detail at 828-3421 and ask for the assigned Detective. If you do not know who the assigned Detective is, advise the support staff your name or event number and they will direct you to your assigned Detective. Staff personnel only have minimal information about your case and are not allowed to discuss the details of the case. They can only forward you to your detective’s desk phone, or the sergeant’s desk phone. Staff personnel normally work from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Support Staff are not available on holidays or weekends.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault?
Per SB103 –Effective October 1, 2013
Existing law establishes certain periods of limitation for crimes relating to the sexual abuse of a child which require that an indictment be found or an information or complaint be filed before the victim of the sexual abuse of a child is: (1) 21 years old if the victim discovers or reasonably should have discovered that he or she was a victim of the sexual abuse by the date on which the victim reaches 21 years of age; or (2) 28 years old if the victim does not discover and reasonably should not have discovered that he or she was a victim of the sexual abuse by the date on which the victim reaches 21 years of age. (NRS 171.095) This bill provides that an indictment must be found or an information or complaint must be filed before the victim of the sexual abuse of a child is: (1) 36 years old if the victim discovers or reasonably should have discovered that he or she was a victim of the sexual abuse by the date on which the victim reaches 36 years of age; or (2) 43 years old if the victim does not discover and reasonably should not have discovered that he or she was a victim of the sexual abuse by the date on which the victim reaches 36 years of age.
The Rape Crisis Center
Child Protective Services, Clark County, Nevada
Southern Nevada Children's Assessment Center (SNCAC)