A Utah woman said delays in properly investigating her report of sexual assault allowed her perpetrator to remain free and attack a teenage girl more than a year later. The KSL Investigators examined the timeline of multiple investigations involving the same man.
The Utah Department of Corrections is auditing the state’s sex offender registry and hiring additional staff after the KSL Investigators discovered more than 100 convicted sex offenders missing from the registry.
In this Failure to Protect report, a Utah woman told the KSL Investigators that police failed to fully investigate her report of a violent crime. Her experience shows the many barriers Utahns like her face in reporting sexual assault.
The KSL Investigators examine a unique process designed to give Utah’s victims of crime a second shot at seeking justice. The state law, HB281, passed in 2019 with broad support. Dozens of accusers have sought reviews of uncharged sexual assault cases.
A convicted child sex offender from Utah who has been on the run for weeks is now in custody. The KSL Investigators first reported on new charges filed against Christopher Law while he was still on parole.
Utah’s Department of Corrections confirmed to the KSL Investigators it failed to provide details about an assault case to the parole board, which could have kept a convicted rapist now accused of reoffending behind bars.
Three months after a KSL investigation revealed a failure to fully investigate reports of rape against a single suspect, two cases re-opened by the Davis County Sheriff’s Office have led to first-degree felony rape charges.
Reports of sexual assault against an accused serial predator have piled up over the last decade, with most of them going nowhere: Cases closed, rejected, and forgotten. The KSL Investigators found a troubling trail of failures by law enforcement to fully investigate.
Despite admitted anger issues and a recent history of assault, Utah’s Board of Pardons and Parole released a convicted rapist back into the community last month. Now, he is charged with aggravated rape in an attack on a Taylorsville woman he communicated with while in prison.