Sex Crimes Detective Arrested for Raping Bound 14-year-old he was Investigating

An L.A. County sex crimes detective was charged with tying up and raping a 14-year-old girl he was supposed to help.

A sex crimes investigator for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, deputy Neil David Kimball, was arrested on Wednesday on charges he raped a 14-year old girl he met as part of his job.

Kimball was also charged with dissuading a witness by force or threat for attempting to intimidate the girl from reporting the crime.

Kimball was hired as a sex crimes investigator despite having been accused of sexual assault in the past.

The victim in the latest case alleges Kimball tied her up during the rape, which allegedly took place in November 2017 in Ventura County, according to prosecutors handling the case.

Kimball, a 20-year department veteran, was taken into custody Friday after an investigation that lasted over a month.

He was relieved of duty Saturday with pay after the department launched an internal affairs investigation, which began after a complaint by a member of the public, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Since August, Kimball had been at a medical facility, away from the special victims bureau, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.

After news of Kimball's arrest surfaced, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office launched a review, looking into a total of 977 past criminal cases involving witnesses and cases that may have relied on deputy Kimball's testimony, according to spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales.

Just a few years before joining the elite sex crimes unit in 2013, Kimball was investigated for sexual battery.

However, he was not charged by fellow officers.

In yet another case, a female witness told the sheriff's department in February 2009 that Kimball grabbed her by the hand to make her touch his genitals several months before while on duty, according to a memo from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"If there was a hint, a hint, of any type of sexual harassment or abuse, even if you may not have the proof, why are you promoting that person to the sex-crimes unit?" Chair of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Patti Giggans said.

Kimball's bail was set at $2 million and he remains in custody at Ventura County Jail.

He's scheduled to appear in court on December 18.

Read the criminal charges against deputy Kimball below.

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