Suspect’s Release Prompts New Sex Crimes Rules
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The release of a rape suspect following a paperwork error has prompted a change in how police and prosecutors in Allegheny County deal with sex crimes.
District Attorney Stephen Zappala is requiring departments to get approval from prosecutors before charges are filed. Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel approved the new rules last week.
Zappala says the new rules ensure that prosecutors know when a felony sex crime arrest is coming.
The change was prompted by the dismissal of rape charges against David Bradford. He was freed last year after a paperwork glitch kept prosecutors from acting on his case in a timely manner.
Zappala says the new system means prosecutors will know about a case before it reaches the courts.