This is typical of the way child sexual abuse cases are treated. Though the actual research has shown that children, especially young children, very seldom lie about sexual abuse--for one thing, they don't how the knowledge base for such things--those in authority, especially cops, are more concerned about "false" accusations against "innocent people" (i.e. men) than they are about the safety of children or their protective mothers.
But here's one very stupid assumption. That you could take an accused child rapist like SHAUN DEROSSETTE, drop him off at a truck stop for the night, and then assure yourself that he won't go home for the night or cause any trouble by making a break for it. What evidence is there for that? NONE. Then you give him a low bail amount once you get him into jail.
WHO IS BEING CODDLED HERE? THE VICTIM OR THE RAPIST?
Cops defend not busting accused father
Dad now charged with rape of a child
Updated: Saturday, 14 Jan 2012, 9:44 AM MST
Published : Saturday, 14 Jan 2012, 9:44 AM MST
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It sounds strange, but Albuquerque police insist they did the right thing when they took a man suspected of raping his son not to jail but to a truck stop to spend the night.
The boy's mother said her son confirmed her suspicions that something was going on, but police said that wasn't enough to lock up the suspected rapist right away.
Just days before Christmas the mother called police to the family’s apartment near Central Avenue and Wyoming Boulevard claiming her husband, Shaun Derossett, was raping his own son. Police didn't take Derossett to jail, but to a truck stop for the night.
“There are false allegations made against people in this community all the time,” said Albuquerque Police Department Chief Deputy Beth Paiz.
Paiz said the officers didn't have enough to arrest Derossett. They needed a forensic specialist to interview the child first at a safe house.
“It was 10 o’clock at night, and there was no way a forensic interview was going to be conducted at 10 o'clock at night with a 6-year-old little boy,” said Paiz.
A tired and traumatized child can jeopardize a case, she added.
“Children are very easily influenced, and they will oftentimes say what they think you want to hear, and we need to get the truest statement that we can,” Paiz said.
So instead Derossett was driven to the truck stop until that interview could be done.
Paiz said a team of officers, Children, Youth and Families Department staff and members of the District Attorney's Office decided that Derossett would be OK left alone at the truck stop and wasn't likely to return home or hop a ride to get away.
“We determine if the person was a flight risk, which he wasn't," Paiz continued. "we know who he is, and we knew where we could find him again.
"We also knew that this child was safe for the evening."
Safe because that team had worked out a plan with the mother. The next day that little boy gave a courageous and chilling statement about what he claims he endured.
Police then arrested his father, who was still in jail Friday night on under a $100,000 cash-only bond.
Paiz said if the father had been a flight risk or had had a history of abuse, they would have called an immediate emergency forensic interviewer in or taken the child to the hospital to have a rape test done immediately.