SANATOGA PA – Two separate sexual assault cases, both of which involve children, are being investigated by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, Chief Michael Foltz has told the township Board of Commissioners.
The first involves a 3-year-old child who was allegedly assaulted by another child; the second involves a child allegedly assaulted by an adult relative. Both incidents were reported during the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29 (2013; Saturday and Sunday), according to Foltz. He offered no other details.
“It’s sad,” Foltz acknowledged to the board, “but incidents like these are increasing all over the country, and we’re seeing them too.” National statistics indicate one in four girls and one in six boys endure sexual abuse before their 18th birthdays.
Detective Joseph Campbell is working both cases. Foltz said he is being assisted by Mission Kids, the Blue Bell PA-based non-profit child advocacy center co-founded in 2008 by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
One of the center’s capabilities is to provide collaborative team investigation that reduces the number of interviews to which child victims are subjected during initial investigations. Interviews are conducted by a specially trained forensic interviewer who specializes in knowing how to ask neutral, age-appropriate questions, and who aims to reduce the stress of the interview process, according to its website.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 7 meeting):
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