Assistant Bureau Chief, Sex Crimes West Maricopa County Attorney's Office
This case study will explore the investigation and prosecution of a convicted sex offender who attacked a fourteen-year-old girl in broad daylight from the initial 911 call, through an extensive investigation, to trial and sentencing. Carl Wayne Price had previously been convicted of a sex offense against a child, but was not yet registered locally, when he chose the wrong victim to prey upon. In a quiet neighborhood park, he attacked a stranger, a child less than half his size; but he could not have anticipated her immense will to survive and fight – which would ultimately save her life, and the case. This presentation will detail the unique case challenges and methods employed to overcome them, ensuring a successful conclusion and a predator behind bars, to include: multi-agency cooperation, DNA evidence, cell phone location data analysis, and an investigative trip out of state leading to other act evidence. Presenters will focus on the importance of leadership, review of antiquated department policies and procedures, organization for complex investigations, building a detailed case, avoiding personal biases, and effective multidisciplinary collaboration.
Improve resource and personnel management with real life case examples and strategies
Identify personal biases in investigations and how to overcome them
Learn to utilize materials beyond the initial investigation for successful prosecution