LA Detective Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Child While Investigating Separate Abuse Crime Against Her

A sex crimes detective at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who admitted to abusing a 15-year-old girl after she came forward to report being a victim of sexual assault has been jailed for three years.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective Neil Kimball, 46, of Agoura, California, was handed the maximum sentence after he pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act on a 15-year-old child and unlawful sexual intercourse, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office said in statement.

Kimball met the victim in 2017 while he was working as detective with the Special Victim's Unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Patrice Koenig said that after the girl came forward to claim she had been abused in the Los Angeles area, Kimball kept in contact with the girl and spent time with her outside of the investigation, reports the Ventura County Star.

Kimball is alleged to have committed sex crimes with the child in his mobile home in the Camarillo area between October and December 2017.

Attorney Gloria Allred read out a statement on behalf of the victim ahead of the sentencing at Ventura County Superior Court.

"I don't understand why we live in a world where our most-trusted are the ones to turn and deceive you, to leave you hurt and hopeless," Allred read, reports KABC.

"I have lost all faith in my county's sheriff's department, as well as the judicial system which is only giving this defendant the minimal sentence."

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Neil Kimball received the maximum sentence 3-year sentence felony lewd act on a child and felony unlawful sexual intercourse. Ventura County Sheriff's Office

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Kimball had investigated dozens of child abuse cases during his five years at the Special Victims Unit.

"This is a shock. The unit has never had something like this happen," retired Sheriff's Department sergeant Dan Scott said following his arrest in November 2018.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell added to KABC following Kimball's sentence: "When somebody in any position of public trust takes advantage of that position to hurt somebody else, it hits us all right in the heart."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department previously announced they will be reviewing around 300 cases which Kimball worked on during his time at the Special Victims Bureau to determine if any other criminal or improper actions occurred.

Kimball was also ordered to register as a sexual offender, pay the victim $50,000 for her pain and suffering. He has also been ordered to have no future contact with the teenage victim.

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