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Sunday, November 25, 2007

I investigate allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children. Let me be honest: I don't like a lot of what I hear. I am a human being. I try not to take it home with me. I try not to let it affect me personally, because that could change and cloud my judgment and my objectivity. I'm here for justice. I know it sounds like a yearbook answer, [but] if you truly go at that point of view, you're less likely to make a mistake.

I try to be upfront with people and honest. I let people know: "You've been accused of something that society frowns upon. You've been accused of an egregious act. So this is your time. If you'd like a chance, an opportunity to tell your version of the story, I'd love to hear it. That's why I'm here."

Sometimes you see someone's got a Bible lying next to their bed. They obviously believe in God. I'll just say, sometimes if all else fails and I've got nothing else, no other straws to grasp at, I may resort to saying: "Hey, if Jesus walked through the door right now, forget me, what would you tell him if he asked you what you did? And just remember, He already knows." I'm not going to say I've used it often, but we sometimes resort to whatever we have to resort to get a confession. I'll just say it has worked in the past.

What I've learned over the years, the stuff you see on TV, standing on tables, yelling and screaming at people, they don't listen to that any more than you would. It's kind of a cat-and-mouse game. Unfortunately, everybody lies.

Interview by Allan Lengel


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