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Advanced Investigative Techniques for Cold Case Sexual Assaults
Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:45:00 PM UTC - 7:00:00 PM UTC
Duration: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)
SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, 'Advanced Investigative Techniques for Cold Case Sexual Assaults', on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET. Doors will open at 1:45pm ET. 
The Detroit/Wayne County SAKI Team (WCSAKTF) has completed over 3,000 cold case sexual assault investigations and has learned the importance of using advanced investigative techniques to build a solid criminal case. The WCSAKTF understands the importance of good notification practices, the difficulties of complex crime laboratory reports, and the hurdles of finding old reports and evidence. The number one mistake WCSAKTF has identified in their case history is simply assuming too much. If the criminal investigator approaches the case with the thought that a DNA hit in the sexual assault kit equates to a conviction, that case may be headed for failure. Anticipating the position of the defense attorney at the beginning of your investigation will help guide your efforts to overcome many defense positions that may impact your case at trial. It will assist in developing advanced interrogation techniques, building evidence to validate the survivor’s account of the event, and overcoming the issue of consent at trial. 

An investigator should be mindful throughout the investigation to identify pieces of evidence either overlooked or not contained in the original reports. Identifying gaps will allow the prosecution to be prepared for exploitation by the defense attorney during trial. A physical description of the suspect supplied by the survivor is just one detail the defense may use to discredit the survivor's account of the event. Building credibility for your survivor is the final key to a successful trial. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify pieces of evidence that can show lack of consent that may not be in original reports.

2. Recognize potential gaps or weaknesses in your case and how to overcome them

3. Techniques to validate and corroborate small details supplied by the survivor to help build and strengthen a case and the survivor’s credibility


Multiple Presenters
Detective Sergeant Ken Muscat, Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force 

Detective Sergeant Mark Farrah, Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K021 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.