SAPD Special Victim’s Unit investigating more child sexual assault cases
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit is investigating more child sexual assault cases.
From January until now the Special Victim’s Unit has handled 314 sexual assault and indecency investigations.
Sgt. Jesse Izaguirre says that’s about 50 more cases than this time last year.
“I think a lot of it has to do with just the fact that we’re trying to put a lot of information out there for families, and for people to know, hey if you hear anything, even if you think it’s a rumor let us know, “ said Sgt. Izaguirre.
Investigators have a special place inside SAPD headquarters where child victims go to talk about the most traumatic things.
“On our end we do the criminal investigation, whether it’s injury to a child, sexual assault, unlawful restraint, kidnapping, “ Sgt. Izaguirre went on to say.
Sgt. Izaguirre says the goal is to make the child feel as comfortable as possible, so investigators can get as much information as they can to help build a case.
SVU has a play room, a special interview room, and a room full of toys and stuffed animals to give to the children.
SAPD also has two detective specifically assigned to Child Safe. For these officers it’s not only about investigating the case, but also starting the healing process.
“Everybody that’s here, that’s with this unit, they want to be here, and they want to help these kids, “ said Sgt. Izaguirre.
If you'd like to contact SAPD's Special Victim's Unit you can call (210) 207-2313.