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Sexual battery and child abuse investigations require specially trained and dedicated investigators sensitized to dealing with intensely personal and emotionally charged situations. In the Laurens County Sheriff's Office these specialized investigators are assigned to the Special Victims Unit, an element of the Criminal Investigations Division.
Sergeant Michael Crockett
Special Victims Unit
P.O. Box 68
216 W Main St
Laurens, SC 29360
The personnel assigned to this Unit are charged with the investigations of allegations of sexual battery, child abuse, abuse of the elderly, and lewd and lascivious behavior in the presence of a minor. In The focus of their investigations is to establish all the facts, evidence and supporting statements relevant to the crime by a thorough and careful assembly of the case from information provided by the victim and witnesses and all collateral and corroborative sources of information. Physical evidence, photographs, DNA materials, clothing, and fingerprints are collected to provide an objective background to the allegation. The investigators apply effective and timely investigative procedures that will lead to the identification of the perpetrator, establishment of probable cause and apprehension of the offender. Paramount throughout this entire process is the utilization of extremely minimally threatening intervention processes to safeguard the rights and personal dignity of the victim.
Investigations are conducted using a multidisciplinary approach in which investigators from the Sheriff’s Office work cooperatively with investigators from the Laurens County Department of Social Services. Investigators also collaborate with representatives from other community agencies (i.e. Laurens County Safe Home, Laurens County Schools, Mental Health, Medical Professionals, Child Advocates, Rape Crisis Advocates, etc) for any needed victim services.