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Madisonville Police Chief Comments on Sexual Abuse Case

mpdMADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/11/13) – In a recent news release, Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams presented a statement regarding a recent sexual abuse case that is currently underway in the Hopkins County area. The following is Chief Williams’ statement.

Members of the Madisonville Police Department take great pride in providing the highest level of service and protection to the citizens of Madisonville and Hopkins County, all the while standing as an example of professionalism in law enforcement operations. Since January, 2011, the city of Madisonville has experienced unprecedented reductions of serious crime as a result of our changing the way we do business. The national law enforcement clearance rate for serious crime is 32.25%. The Madisonville Police Department’s 2012 serious crime clearance rate is 63.85%. In addition, we have taken over a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of illegal drugs off our streets in 2012 alone. This is due to the determined, professional work put in through its’ patrol officers and detectives. The Madisonville Police Department regularly undergoes outside audits of our property and evidence collection. Since 2010, we have never received anything other than the highest rating. Again, a tribute to our personnel who collect and maintains literally thousands of individual pieces.

In response to the recent incident involving a mistrial during sexual abuse case in Hopkins County Circuit Court, I would like to offer a clearer explanation than what could be determined in the Messenger article dated 7/11/2013. The lead detective in the case worked diligently, literally hundreds of hours, in presenting an investigation that could be the best possible for a conviction. When reading the said article, one could come to the conclusion that a piece of evidence was “lost” by members of the MPD. We dispute this argument. During 2010, through the course of the investigation video recorded statements were taken at the Madisonville Police Department. As a result of an equipment malfunction, two witness statements were not videotaped, unbeknownst to the lead detective until much later.  (This piece of equipment was purchased in 2007 and was one of many technical items replaced through annual capital expenditures since 2011.)

While not videotaped and thereby not copied, notes of the interview were entered into the investigative report which was made available to both the prosecution and defense. It is common knowledge that a video recording of an interview acts as confirmation of testimonial evidence. The testimony of the minors in question was heard in the recent court proceedings. In addition, these brave minors testified exactly as to what was recorded in the case report. During the discovery proceedings, a former member of the Commonwealth Attorney’s office was made aware that the two recordings were not part of the file. We are unaware what transpired from that point in the communication process between the prosecution and the defense attorneys.

The Madisonville Police Department will continue to fight for victims such as the ones represented in this case. I would like to offer my condolences to the family involved in this series of unfortunate events. While it may not ease your grief, be assured that we will never give up on the successful prosecution of any perpetrator who would commit crimes against children and families, no matter how often the defense attempts nor how creative they are to relieve responsibility of the accused.

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