09/30/2012 07:41 pm ET

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

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.

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