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Fewer than two dozen people examine the digital evidence collected for crimes committed across Maryland, slowing down investigations and delaying justice. For several families in Charles County, the consequences are tragic, but real.
Advocates for young victims of sexual abuse have been grappling with evidence and court delays for years. And they say the delays due to a backlog of cases at a state police crime lab put more children at risk.
It took months for Charles County investigators to learn what evidence was on Carlos Bell’s cellphones: videos and images of the assault of boys in his home and in a school classroom. But the delay to process the phones is not uncommon in Maryland. The number of cases involving cellphone and other digital evidence has skyrocketed since 2010 leading to a 10-month backlog at a Maryland State Police crime lab.
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