DA reviews 100+ mishandled sex crime cases after SAPD fires detective
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is reviewing more than 100 cases that were allegedly mishandled within the San Antonio Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit.
In November of 2016, City of San Antonio officials fired Det. Kenneth Valdez after being accused of mishandling 130 cases, some dating back to 2013.
Criminal District Attorney Nico LaHood said the cases have been turned over to his office.
“Those were re-assigned to detectives, so those were re-investigated by SAPD detectives and turned over specifically to our division chief. We made sure we had a process in place. Not just to turn it over to anybody,” said LaHood.
LaHood also said the evidence from the cases is being reviewed by two designated prosecutors.
“We don't get to make up the evidence. We just have to deal with what we are given. And this applies to all the 130 cases. We don't have any statute of limitation issues and we don't feel that there's any glaring issues with us right now with those cases because of Det. Valdez,” added LaHood.
Kayla Williams’ case is one of the 130 SAPD said was mishandled by Det. Valdez.
“It’s very emotional for me,” said Williams.
The alleged victim claims one year ago she was drugged and gang raped at house party on the southeast side.
“I don't want other people to go through what I have been through,” added Williams.
LaHood also said the second phase of the review will be to see if Det. Valdez will face charges. However, for now, LaHood is clear on one thing.
“Those 130 cases are not forgotten. I just to make sure people are at peace with that. They are not forgotten,” added LaHood.
On January 23rd, SAPD announced it hired an outside consultant, with more than 30 years of police experience and would advise them how to modify and improve the system.