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The San Antonio Police Department has released details on how a single Special Victims Unit Detective neglected to properly investigate dozens of crimes — most involving sexual assault. 

Detective Kenneth L. Valdez was indefinitely suspended from the SVU on November 2 for a number of violations taking place over of the past two years, according a suspension report obtained by the Current. The document, signed by SAPD Chief William McManus, indicates that Valdez specifically worked on cases related to sexual assault.

SAPD alleges that for an entire year (from August 2016 to August 2017) Valdez failed to submit forensic evidence to the Bexar County crime lab for any the 27 cases he was assigned to investigate over that time period. Of the 27 cases, 17 contained evidence that specifically needed forensic testing. The report claims Valdez also failed to properly take care of evidence recovered in an investigation — inspectors found unmarked cell phones, DVDs, CDs and cash in his office, along with several unmarked envelopes containing saliva swabs taken from a person's mouth. 

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