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Police reprimanded over delay investigating sex crime against minor

In one case the pace of an investigation accelerated after the investigating officer was replaced.

Image: Juha Kemppainen / Yle

The Parliamentary Ombudsman Petri Jääskeläinen has rebuked a police officer for unintentional delays investigating a serious sexual offence. The Ombudsman said that there had been many shortcomings in the investigation of the offence against a minor.

According to the Ombudsman, delays by a detective sergeant resulted in the investigation into the suspected offence taking more than two and a half years, although the case was not exceptional or large-scale.

Additionally, there was no progress even when the lead investigator brought the delay to the attention of the officer in question. Once the investigating officer was replaced, the case then advanced quickly to the district court.

Jääskeläinen also reprimanded the police department responsible for the inquiry for negligence supervising the case. However he did not name the police department involved because of an ongoing court case over the matter.

According to the Ombudsman, police also neglected to direct the 16-year-old victim to sexual crime support services.