4510 Orange Grove Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841
916 • 874 • 5070
Public hours of operation:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday
The Sexual Assault and Elder Abuse Bureau (SEAB) is to conduct objective investigations
incorporating new and contemporary techniques in a multi-disciplinary
response to sexual assaults and elder abuse; to assist in the prosecution
of offenders; and to provide immediate support services to the victims
of sexual assault and elder abuse.
The primary duty and responsibility of the Sexual Assault Detective
investigate all sexual assault crimes involving victims age fourteen
(14) and older for the following crimes:
- Attempted Rape
- Rape (Stranger, Date & Spousal)
Unlawful Sexual Intercourse or "Statutory Rape" (It
is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to participate in a sexual
relationship even if it is consensual).
- Sexual Battery
- Indecent Exposure
- Sexual Assault committed in the Correctional Facility
- Other crimes that are sexual in nature
The Sexual and Elder Abuse Bureau are one of several details that comprise
the Violent Crimes Bureau. Under the command of the Violent Crimes Bureau
lieutenant, the detail has one sergeant, and six detectives. All SEAB detectives are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
During the course of a year, an average of 1800 reports of sexual assault
and elder abuse are reported to the Sheriff's Department. It is
the responsibility of the SEAB staff to investigate and assist in the
prosecution of those cases.
Patrol officers and SEAB detectives, are the first responders as part
of a concept known as SART (Sexual Assault Response Team). SART is the
multi-disciplinary team concept which combines law enforcement (Sacramento
County Sheriff's Department), prosecution (Sacramento County District
Attorney), medical response (Bridging Evidence Assessment & Resources), and support (Women Escaping A Violent Environment or WEAVE).
A sexual assault investigation begins with the reporting of the assault
to a mandatory reporter or the Sheriff's Communications Center.
Patrol officers are normally the first persons dispatched to assist the
victim. Detectives may respond to assist the patrol officers and assist
with interviewing victim, evaluate the crime scene (with the assistance
of the Crime Scene Investigator) and contact witnesses.
The responding officer's primary concern is the safety and health
of the victim. The officer will contact WEAVE and the Medical Center
Emergency staff as soon as possible. This allows WEAVE and the medical
staff time to prepare for the victim's arrival and ensure support
and care is available in a timely manner. The reason the victim is taken
to the Medical Center is to address any injuries or medical issues related
to the assault. The examination may also assist detectives with the investigation.
A large number of the sexual assault cases reported involve a known
suspect. The suspect might be a boyfriend, husband, acquaintance, or
someone the victim recently met at a party. A victim may feel embarrassed
or feel she is at fault and not report the assault. No matter what the
circumstances, the Sacramento Sheriff's Department encourages all
victims of sexual assault to report the crime.
In many cases, sexual assault suspects are being aided by the use of
alcohol, the #1 date rape drug. Other drugs such as GHB, Rohypnol, and
MDMA or Ecstasy are being used. It is important the victims report the
assault in a timely manner or valuable evidence may be lost.
SEAB detectives are responsible for providing sexual assault training
to officers within the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
They also instruct other law enforcement officers during a 40-hour sexual
assault investigation class using the SART concept. Other SART team members,
(DA's office, WEAVE, and Medical Center Staff) assist with the
instruction of this course. This class, which is available to all law
enforcement agencies, has students attend from as far away as South America.
The continuous training in sexual assault investigations increases the
quality of care given to the victim by the first responding officer.
This training enables the officer to recognize the different emotions
and reactions victims may experience after a sexual assault, and respond
SEAB Detectives are very proactive in the areas of educating the community
regarding sexual assaults. Detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault
Unit regularly assist WEAVE with the Teen Education program presented
at junior high and high schools within the Sacramento area. The detectives
have also done sexual assault presentations at local colleges and universities.