It could take several months before a decision is made whether charges will be filed regarding a reported Lincoln sexual assault case that happened at the home of two Nebraska football players.
Although not connected to this specific case, Sarpy County Chief Deputy Attorney Tricia Freeman has prosecuted similar cases. She gives us a rundown on the process of a sexual assault investigation. She says it starts with a police report. The police then conduct an investigation that includes talking to witnesses, gathering evidence that includes physical exams, DNA, talking to witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene. Freeman says that process just takes time.
Freeman says next the case is turned over to prosecutors. She says, “When it comes to certain types of crimes, and sexual assault is one of them, once you charge you can’t unring that bell. I would tell you from a prosecutors perspective, we want to make sure when we take that step forward that says we are going to file the charge, we are confident in the case. That is something we simply can’t rush. It will take the time it will take to make sure the evidence is processed, evaluated and tested and the prosecutor has confidence.”
Freeman says they evaluate each case carefully to determine if they have enough evidence to prove the case in court and to a judge and jury.
Authorities say it could take up to 130 days to complete the investigation in Lincoln. No charges have been filed.