Juvenile is a term used to refer to a young person or children. Juvenile sex crimes are sexual abuses committed to children by the children themselves or by an adult (Barbareel et al., 1993). It is vital noting that this vice is prevalent in majority of homes. Most people ignore the symptoms of sex abuses until a crime is committed (Koch, 2010). It is important making sure that the environment is safe for the children and the teens. This assists in reducing the prevalence of the juvenile sex crimes. Parents and guardians have the responsibility of learning basic facts on juvenile sex offenders (Jones, 2007). This is useful in identifying safe environment of the teens and children.
There is a problem with scene contamination. The fact is that the police the first time did not recognize the kind of offence Jose Torres had committed. It is indicated that Jose Torres was seen suspicious in the No Tell Motel earlier in the day. Presence of the police made Jose frightened and he decided to escape. The police gave a chase and caught up with him, on further investigation. Jose stated that he had sex with his girlfriend who was fourteen years old. The office management visited the crime scene at the motel and several police officers paid a visit. The visits contaminated the crime scene although the young lady was at the scene.
Jose Torres had committed a juvenile sex crime. He was aware of the happenings and knew that it was a crime. This evidence will enable the police officers take Jose Torres to the court and charge with juvenile sex crime. This will be done after the evidence is recovered at the crime scene (Koch, 2010). The lab tests on Jose Torres and his fourteen year old girlfriend will prove the illegal sexual union.
The crime scene search will not need a warrant of arrest. This is because the person purported to commit the crime is in the police custody. Jose Torres tried to escape, and he was caught by the police officers and self confessed that he had slept with a minor. The investigators have the right to search the crime scene without justification and permission by the courts. This is referred to as a hot case.
The police and the investigators did not follow the right channel in acquiring information from Jose Torres and the young lady. The right process of attaining the statements from the suspects and the victim was first to read the rights of Jose as a suspect and the rights of the lady as the victim. This is done before any questioning. The investigators then pay close attention to the way the suspect or the victim answers the questions. It is necessary to close examine the witness’s statements.
The information gathered by the patrol officers on the suspect Jose Torres, will be used later in the courts of law. Patrol officers will assist in the investigations mostly concerning the character displaced by Jose Torres. It is necessary to examine Jose Torres and identify if he is of sound mind. It is very difficult to find criminals stating their acts at the first encounter with the police. The information offered by the police officers is crucial, critical considering that this is a hot case. Jose Torres had escaped the drag net by trying to flee in his car. This act indicates that he had committed a crime.
It is unlawful to use threats in order to get statements from the witnesses, victims and the suspects. Jose Torres has his rights as an individual. Victims, witnesses and suspects have the right to be treated with fairness, compassion and dignity (Koch, 2010). They have the rights from harm and intimidation. Threatening Jose Torres is a form of intimidation and against the law. The law recognizes the protection of victims, witnesses and the suspects.
A scenario, where Jake Wilson the veteran investigator lied to the suspect in the process of attaining information is illegal. The investigators are after the truth from Jose Torres, the fourteen year old lady and from the witnesses. In the same way, the investigators are not subject to lies or pretences. The information obtained from lies and pretences is not usable. This is because lies have breached the rights of the suspect (Jones, 2007). The suspect has the right of accessing the right information in a timely manner.
A scenario, where the veteran investigator Mr. Jake Wilson read the rights to the suspect, Jose Torres, before interrogation, is the right way of gathering information from the victims, suspects and witnesses. The gathered information is usable in the court of law. There are no violations made to the Jose Torres. The suspect and the victim feel appreciated and recognized by the law. Interrogation obtained will have no biasness and they will be deemed fair.
The supreme courts are against the use of deception in interrogating a suspect. The court asserts that honesty is the best practiced policy in gathering information from suspects, witnesses and victims. It is illegal to obtain confessions made through deceitful and manipulative means. This has been identified with false confessions in the past, leading to wrongful convictions. The reliability of the gathered information is greatly influenced by the formulae applied in gathering the crucial information. There is a necessity of maintaining honesty in the judicial and police lines (Jones, 2007).
The female victim is at the No Tell Motel, the crime scene. The best place to interview the fourteen year old lady is at the Motel. This is to get at hand with the picture of what transpired between Jose and the lady. The crime scene indicates the location where an illegal action took place at a particular given time. The crime scene is crucial in obtaining physical evidence relating to the crime.
The interview will be performed by Jack Wilson and I. Interrogation involves quick thinking and engagement of psychology. The process of conducting an interview entails; read the rights to the victim, engage light conversation, switch to questioning subject abruptly, consider listening the story with no interactions, let the other investigator enter the room, return after twenty minutes, take about five minutes rearranging facts, ask for details of the other party, connect irrelevant questioning with relevant questioning enabling the suspect know that the investigator is knowledgeable, look for lies, apply words like honestly and frankly, ask questioned with known answer to the suspect, watch on crucial details and keep in mind that people lie when questioned. The investigators should then comb the room for any relevant additional information.
The investigators have the responsibility of asking relevant questions leading to the crime origin. Examples of questions are; what are your names? How old are you? Where did you first meet him/her? Is this the first time you have committed such a crime? What are the circumstances that led you two to the No Tell Motel? How do you feel after the crime? And why did you free the Motel after spotting the police? These questions will allow the investigator to get to the bottom of the matter. The questions will vary with the investigators and they are not exhaustive.
Sex crime investigators needs training on mental health and law. The aspect of mental health is attributed to the psychology and law assists the officers in applying the law set aside by the government in the right way (Barbareel et al., 1993). This makes the results recorded by the investigators reliable and timely. Investigators are subjected to investigation techniques, sexual assault dynamics, drug facilitated sexual assault, interviewing and initial response in securing the crime scene.
There is some training that is relevant to a rookie investigator in sex crimes unit. These are; initial response tactics, this enables the investigators to secure the crime site in time, it improves the reliability of the data collected and physical evidence. It is also vital to introduce a rookie detective on interviewing and investigating systems in place in regards to sexual offences (Keilman, 2011). A veteran detective transferred in sex crimes unit is advised to attend trainings on sexual assault dynamics and drug facilitated sexual assaults. This will enable a clear picture of the sex related crimes.
Experience plays a critical role in investigations; a veteran detective will grasp new laws and modules very fast. He will relate the training with the real world scenarios. It is very easy for a veteran to draw complex conclusions out of simple instructions. This is like training a fresh driver how to drive a truck and at the same time training an experienced driver, used to cars, how to drive a truck. The experienced driver with catch up very easily and within some minutes, he will spin the truck while the raw driver could take weeks or months. Veteran investigator and rookie investigator are subject to different trainings.
Sexual Assault/Rape laws in the state of Alabama indicate that sexual intercourse occurs on any penetration, including the slightest and emission is not needed. Deviate sexual intercourse relates to the sexual gratification in unmarried persons anus, mouth and the sex organs. Sexual contact indicates touching the sexual parts of the other party with the intent of sexual desire (Barbareel et al., 1993). Mentally defective people do not recognize their actions. Mentally incapacitated people act sexually under drug influence. Physically helpless people indicate to people who commit sexual offenses unwillingly due to physical inability.
Forcible compulsion indicates to usage of force in committing sexual acts. Rape is graded in first degree, second degree rape, sodomy in the first degree, sodomy in the second degree, sexual misconduct, sexual torture, sexual abuse in the first degree, sexual abuse second degree, indecent exposure, enticing children for immoral purposes and lack of consent (Salter, 1988). Alabama juvenile rape victims are children under the sixteen years of age subjected to sexual misconduct. Adult rape victims in Alabama are people above sixteen years of age subjected to forcible compulsion, physically helpless, mentally incapacitated and engaging in sex with a female less than sixteen years old.
In the case of a fourteen year old victim and the seventeen year old suspect if the sex was consensual, in Alabama sexual/rape laws does not have a provision of charging the actors, by the virtue of mutual agreement and both parties are above twelve years old. The Alabama law does not prohibit this union. In the event that the victim is fourteen years old and the suspect is seventeen years old and the sexual union was through a rape, the Alabama law would charge the suspect with rape in the second degree. This is because the act was forceful, the suspect is sixteen years old or older and the victim is less than sixteen years old but more than twelve years old and the actor is at least two years older than the victim.
In the case of Jose Torres who is thirty five years old and the the fourteen year old lady, Alabama law would charge Jose with rape in the second degree. This entails a suspect of sixteen years or older engaging with a female less than sixteen years and more than twelve years, provided that the actor is at least two years older than the female. Work stress is a condition that affects people in their lines of duty on various causes. There are people who shut up when stressed, while others get overexcited when stressed.
It is crucial to handle each investigator with his or her style of absorbing stress. There is a number of stress techniques that relieve stress. If the investigator gets agitated due to stress, he or she should focus on activities that cool or quieten them, if the investigator shuts down under the stress. It is important that he or she finds out channels that energize him or her, investigators who get agitated and slow down to some activities, are subject to activities that reboot their system.
Stress influences the results obtained from a crime scene (Jones, 2007). It is a fact that stress alters the conduct of the investigators. The reactions accorded by stress vary with individuals. People react differently to stimulus; some of the effects of stress are headaches, stammering, muscle spasms, dizziness, sweating, belching, difficulty breathing, panic, nervousness, anger, frustration, depression, mood swings, poor concentration and forgetfulness. Others effects of stress are; poor decision making, overwhelmed, poor punctuality, loneliness, obsessive, isolation and drug abuse among other symptoms of the stress. Stress influences the results of the crime scene investigation (Jordan Institute, 2002).
The departments have various modules of dealing with stressful detectives. The first step is to identify the sources of the stress. This is critical in that stress is manageable if better avenues are applied. Psychological help is one of the crucial ways of dealing with stress. The department offers psychological assistance and a leave for the individual to relax. This is crucial stress management. Stress management involves looking around and changing subject, setting goals that are realistic, setting priorities in responsibilities and trying to be positive in life.
I would recommend a vaccation of about one month to individuals under stress. This is crucial when the investigators change their routine for one month. This is critical in that the investigators return to job with new synergy. A department can never force an investigator to go through psychological help. It is vital to know that people are different and have various ways of coping with stress. The best channel in stress management comes from within the individual. Consultative approach is the best one in dealing with stress. The individual is compelled to state the source of the stress. Depending on the sources of the stress, the management sets up the best course of action in the stress management. It is important noting that if the factors causing the stress are hard to escape from them, then it is advisable to flow with them in a way that is productive.
Detectives and investigators play a critical role in our society. They are credited with assisting businesses, individuals and the attorneys in analyzing and finding information. They are involved in uncovering the facts and connecting clues on personal matters, legal and finances (Jones, 2007). There are other services offered by the detectives including protection of celebrities, corporate and executives. They engage in sorting individual background profiles and pre-employment verifications. Technology has enabled the detectives and investigators venture into detection of computer crimes and fight on copyrighted materials. Their services are wide in insurance firms, civil cases, liability cases, fraud cases and verification of persons.