Disable Children And Their Plight To Be Heard And Eric Smith Acquitted Of Child Rape And Molestation Criminal Charges
Last year I was a part, of a series put on by The Bible-Teaching Ministry of Charles R. Swindoll, with the Director of Reframing Ministries, Colleen Swindoll Thompson, provides a multitude of resources for parents who deal with children sexually assaulted, who are mentally and physically disabled in some manner.
I agreed to be a part of the series, and you can find my interview at http://www.insight.org/resources/video-library/individual/141/question-11.
Children who are mentally or physically disabled should as the "Latent Victim" as for the most the sexual assault upon them goes unreported because their disabilities prevent them from reporting what happened to them.
Pedophiles target children who are mentally and physically disabled because they are vulnerable in so many ways. However, on the other side of the argument, how many "Latent Victims" make statements or partial statements, they were sexually assaulted.
As an SAU Investigator, it is important the investigator look at all of the possibilities in why the child made the statement. The possibilities are many; it could be something the child overheard another peer say. Or part of their disability prevents them from being in control and making statements which aren't true, or the misinterpreted touch that the caregiver did, or the child is mentally unable to express what happened to them and the person who was present with them, before the alleged sexual assault allegations.
Whatever is the correct hypothesis it comes down to the law enforcement SAU Investigator performing his job in a competent and intelligent manner.
Gaining Experience By Experimentation
"Latent Victims" are difficult to deal with, although there is sufficient training that a law enforcement SAU Investigator and child interviewers can attend. If these professionals face this type of scenario, and they do not have the specialized training, they should not attempt to obtain their experience by interviewing a child with special needs.
The Need To Locate A Professional Expert
Also, they should seek to discover and utilize a professional who deal with children who mentally are disabled. This professional should be allowed the opportunity to interview the child. Still the problem of incompetence continues and no one in the field is advocating a change for the child who makes a warranted and unwarranted sexual statement.
Recently, I was brought in on a case and interviewed the alleged "Latent Victim" and was able to determine that it wasn't the caregiver who was sexually assaulting the child, but her brother, who was sexually assaulting her. The confusion came in many forms. However, an educated, trained, and experienced SAU Investigator should make the difference as it did in this case.
Searching For The Truth
The above information should ring true to those who work in the criminal justice system. If the SAU investigator takes what any child states as the gospel, then they will find themselves embarrassed when they are held accountable.
Innocent – State of Washington v. Eric Smith (Everett, Washington)
Today, in the case of Washington State v. Eric Smith, a Seattle Police Officer, who was accused two years ago of child rape and molestation was found "INNOCENT" because of the hundreds of hours it took my firm and me to provide the facts to the attorney Mark Mestel, so he could educate the truth.
The alleged child victim at the end began making up disclosures about new sexual assaults that he allegedly committed. I had interviewed her on two occasions and each occasion she alleged he did nothing else. It is my honest belief that psychologists should have evaluated her. In the two interviews, she would make a statement about an alleged sexual assault and then ten minutes later denied say it. My point of bringing this case to you is for you to understand that it isn't only children who have disabilities who falsely accuse people, but young adults who make up sexual assault allegations to get attention.
Eric Smith was a great police officer for the Seattle Police Department, and they should be ashamed of themselves for terminating him on the disclosure of a child who had multiple mental problems. Further, since law enforcement had not performed one investigative step into determining if the allegations were true. Shame on you Snohomish County Sheriff's Sgt. Detective Barnett, you are the perfect example of incompetence. To Eric, it is victims like you who need to make the criminal justice system accountable for wrongly accusing you.