Sex Crimes

A Texas Police Officer Is Charged After Mishandling 130 Sex Crime Cases

Victims worried their cases were not being handled correctly. An investigation proved them correct.

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Edward A. Ornelas/ZUMA Press/Newscom

Kenneth Valdez, a former member of San Antonio's Special Victims Unit, is being charged with evidence tampering following a review of more than 130 cases.

In November 2017, the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) released the results of a 6-month internal affairs investigation into Valdez. Per the investigation, Valdez did not submit DNA evidence for testing in 27 sex-crime cases from August 2016 and August 2017. Texas law requires DNA evidence to be submitted for testing within 30 days. Other kinds of evidence, such as cell phones and recordings, were found in Valdez's office without labels or other identifying markings. Valdez also ignored information from the Bexar County Crime Lab. In at least one case, he ignored evidence that pointed to a specific suspect.

The investigation found mishandling in the 17-year veteran's caseload dating back to 2013. It also determined that Valdez alone was responsible for not following up on evidence and for prematurely closing cases. City Manager Sheryl Sculley announced his termination the same month the investigation was closed.

At the time, Valdez blamed his actions on a high caseload and poor organizational skills. But the charges against him suggest that Valdez was not just careless but deceptive. His arrest warrant details at least eight counts of making false entries in the SAPD system or concealing evidence between January 2016 and August 2017. An arraignment scheduled for last Friday was postponed when the court decided he was not given sufficient time to appear.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 13 percent of sexual assault victims who chose not to report did so believing that the police would not help them.

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  1. Being a cop is a tough job.

    You start “following every lead”, “documenting evidence”, and “lab testing the perp’s DNA”, and the next thing you know, you have a lot of work to do.

    1. Not a lot of jobs out there that pay you no matter what you actually accomplish in an 8 hour period, +OT.

      1. And then after 20 years you don’t have to show up at all any more and they keep paying you.

    2. [plays Law & Order Special Victims Unit theme song]

  2. Far as I’m concerned, evidence tampering should be considered perjury, and ALL perjury should be treated as the equivalent of the crime at stake; all you should have to prove is the perjury itself, and the punishment should be the same as for whatever the underlying crime was. IOW, in this case, that jackass should be punished for the 130 sex crimes. They still ought to try to solve those cases; the perjury convictions should be independent of them.

    I really hate perjurers, especially ones like this.

    1. Yeah, bearing false witness can be damaging.

    2. AND put on the sex offender registry.

  3. Kenneth Valdez, a former member of San Antonio’s Special Victims Unit, is being charged with evidence tampering following a review of more than 130 cases.

    “These could be their stories…” ?\_(?)_/?

  4. Valdez blamed his actions on … poor organizational skills

    and so was fired, right? RIGHT?!

    1. Yes, but only after a 6-month investigation concluded that he was telling the truth about that.

  5. effective oversight.

  6. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

    There is nothing wrong with incest. It’s been shown that little sisters and brothers exist only to satisfy their older siblings’ lust. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen a younger sister act as her big brother’s toilet, or a little brother presenting his asshole as a hot n’ ready flesh pocket as a repository for his older sister’s tounge, I’d have 20-something nickels. That’s enough money to buy a candy bar or a cosmetic in some vidya game. (And before you say anything–yes–little bros love helping out their older brothers too!)

    1. Edgy. Thanks for sharing.

    2. If marriage isn’t about procreation, why are there still laws against incest?

      1. if my sister says she’s a boy am I gay for nailing her?

    3. [crosses “find portal to Yellow Tony’s dimension” off to-do list]

      1. In fact, let’s just seal that portal off until the Apocalypse.

  7. How many San Antonio officers were working on prostitution and drug crimes during this period? Follow up, why didn’t they prioritize crimes with actual victims over victemless crimes?

    1. Because dealers and hookers don’t tend to file complaints when cops shake them down.

  8. No way! All cops arr super duper super humans ! They never lie and we must always bow to them!

  9. Why? Was he a crook? Or just being a jerk?

    1. I think, at this point, “Incompetent Asswagon” is the going assumption. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that he has a side hustle for closing out cases.

  10. “According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 13 percent of sexual assault victims who chose not to report did so believing that the police would not help them.”

    I’m here to tell you that they, all to often, don’t.

  11. What happens in San Antonio, stays in San Antonio……just another Democrat-run cesspit.

  12. During part of that time, the DNA evidence storage at the Austin DPS was broken. Instead of freezing the temperature was 82?.

  13. All Cops deserve it if they are shot in the face

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