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Sexual Assault Unit

The Sexual Assault Unit prosecutes a variety of crimes including:

  • Adult Sexual Assault
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sexually Violent Predators
  • Online Crimes Involving Sexual Exploitation
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child Abduction

This unit is responsible for prosecuting crimes of sexual assault in close conjunction with local law enforcement agencies. The unit also handles cases of human trafficking, child pornography, online crimes involving sexual exploitation, and violations of the sex offender registration laws. The unit works with specially trained investigators and victim advocates to provide comprehensive services to victims and their families. The unit’s goal is to seek justice, protect the rights and dignity of victims, and prevent further victimization. 

Comfort Dogs

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The DA's office employed a pair of specially trained facility comfort dogs for use in assisting victims of crime during interviews, office visits, and testifying in court.  The utilization of a comfort dog is a trauma informed approach that offers crime victims emotional comfort, and for some people, a sense of normalcy during a difficult period of time.

Visit our Comfort Dogs page for more information


The District Attorney serves on numerous multidisciplinary teams to enhance the protection of victims and hold offenders accountable:

Human Trafficking Task Force (SoCoHTTF)

This multidisciplinary team is comprised of members from law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office and community based organizations.

Redwood Children’s Center

Human Services, Public Health, and the District Attorney collaborate with law enforcement at this child-friendly evidence collection center to minimize the trauma suffered by children in these cases by eliminating the need for multiple interviews.

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

This team provides assessment and treatment to survivors of sexual assault. The team approach assures that survivors are subjected to a limited number of interviews and receive care in the most positive environment possible.