15-year-old girl reports sexual assault, gets abused by detective assigned to her case
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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective pleaded guilty to sexual crimes with a 15-year-old girl, who authorities say he befriended when he was assigned to investigate sexual assault allegations she had reported.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s office recently announced that detective Neil David Kimball had pleaded guilty to a “lewd act with a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.”

According to a statement from the office, Kimball, 46, had met the 15-year-old girl in 2017 while serving as a detective with the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office when she “reported being a victim of sexual assault.” 

“While investigating that case, Kimball befriended the victim and sexually assaulted her,” the office continued.

The office said the detective is expected to serve a three-year sentence for the crimes, according to a plea agreement. He is scheduled to be sentenced early next month.

According to The New York Times, Kimball had been working as a detective with the local bureau for roughly four years when he met the victim and has faced accusations of sexual misconduct while working with the office in the past.

Earlier this year, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Sara Abusheikh alleged in a Medium post that Kimball had also behaved inappropriately with her as well after being assigned to investigate her previous sexual assault allegations in 2014.

Abusheikh wrote that instead of investigating the case and questioning her alleged rapist, Kimball “called him ‘a nice guy’ and teased me about going back to him. ‘You should let him make love to you gently,’ he sneered." 

“His only interest in the details of my rape came in the form of perverse, sick questions, and he — most tellingly — suggested he come inside to get high,” she wrote.

According to the Times, Abusheikh reported the detective’s conduct to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office but said it ultimately decided not to try the case. 

The office rejected a request for comment from the Times about the case but said in a statement to the paper that it suspended Kimball’s salary earlier this year and has plans to dismiss him.