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Bill Focused on Fighting Child Sex Abuse Heads to Governor's Desk

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

The Virginia legislature is putting its full support behind a bill to help fight child sexual abuse. The bill carried by Albemarle Delegate Rob Bell requires law enforcement, prosecutors, and social services to work together when investigating child sex crimes.

In a study last year, the Virginia State Crime Commission said this multi-disciplinary team approach often leads to better, more coordinated investigations.

“The goal is to make sure we have everybody in the room together. We want to have law enforcement, the prosecutor, social service, so they can talk about these cases and find out which one needs to be law enforcement cases, which ones need to be social service, and nobody falls between the cracks,” said Bell.

Albemarle County has used multi-disciplinary teams, or MDTs, since the early 1990s. If signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, the bill would require prosecutors across the state to implement their own MDTs by July 2015.

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