Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 4 weeks ago

What do police do with evidence after a case has been closed? Can a victim request to have it or that it be destroyed? ?

A person in my family was sexually abused by their stepfather when they were a teenager and still living at home. Years later they told. The police investigated it. They  raided her stepfather's house and found pictures and videos he made while abusing them. As part of the investigation the victim had to see the pictures and video with police and confirm it was them as well as when it took place. Obviously this was humiliating in many ways. The victim's stepfather was sentenced to prison. However, the victim would like to have the pictures and videos destroyed. The idea of those possibly still being in police custody bothers them.

7 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    In this case, the victim probably can't have it, because if the victim was under 18 when it was made, then it would be considered child pornography, and it is illegal for anyone to have child pornography, even the victim.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Evidence is held until verdict. Then a letter sent to the owner. If owner doesn't claim in another year, destroyed.

  • 3 weeks ago

    The OWNER of the property before it became evidence can apply to have it returned.

    Being the victim is irrelevant.

    In the case you describe SOP would be to destroy the items.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Once the appeal process is exhausted, evidence is returned or destroyed. In this case, destroyed.

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  • `
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It depends on where this located. Destruction of old evidence is up to the police and District of Attorney's office.

  • hamel5
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    I could understand that. It would probably be best to hire a lawyer to make the requests.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Evidence of that nature will probably be destroyed once any appeals are exhausted. There is no good reason for them to release them to anyone including the victim.

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