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Republic Review Of Sex-Crime Cases Finds Failures By Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

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In this April 3, 2012, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pauses during a press conference in Phoenix. The tough-talking sheriff, still facing a federal lawsuit alleging his department violates Hispanics’ civil rights, is the last man standing of the three Phoenix politicians who made Arizona a leader in the crackdown against illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) | AP

In the spring of 2007, a 17-year-old Mesa girl reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that she had been repeatedly sexually abused by her father.

A detective failed to follow up on her report for nearly nine months. By then, the girl and her mother had lost the will to cooperate in prosecution.

Read the whole story at The Arizona Republic

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