How can we reopen a case that was closed for child molestation in Texas?

Asked over 1 year ago - Jasper, TX

We are the Grandparents raising two children and they were sexually abused by Mom and ex boyfriend . Police decided to close case and now we still don't have any justice to the suffering the kids are experiencing . They need to be in jail ! This happened in Visor Texas .

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  1. Michael L Rich

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    Answered . There may not be a criminal law avenue available to you for your grandchildren. Police or district attorneys usually have discretion about what cases to prosecute. There are numerous reasons why a law enforcement agency might choose not to prosecute alleged child molesters that may have little to do with whether the abuse occurred and more to do with whether the decision-making officials believe they have sufficient evidence to get a conviction.

    You can try talking with the prosecuting attorney for the county in which the abuse took place or contact child protective services. You could also speak with a personal injury lawyer about suing the abusers on behalf of your grandchildren. It may be that repose and an end of the suffering the kids are experiencing might be better obtained through mental health counseling or trauma treatment for them.

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  2. Stephen Neil Foster

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    Answered . You can always file a civil lawsuit. You can not use the threat of a criminal prosecution to encourage settlement in a civil lawsuit but if the civil lawsuit uncovers information or evidence then that can be provided to the authorities who, hopefully, will take a second and/or more serious look at the case.

  3. Nicole Wignall DeBorde

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    Answered . You could also go directly to the district attorneys office in your area to try to find out why charges were not pursued. They may not tell you, but it may have been because of incorrect or missing information.

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