More than 130 cases involving alleged crimes against children were found untouched, languishing in file cabinets for years, in some instances for more than a decade, District Attorney Glenn Funk of Nashville’s Davidson County, Tn., said yesterday, The Tennessean reports. The cases were discovered during audits conducted after he took office as district attorney in September. The files prompted Funk to institute new policies, including his own personal review of child sexual and physical abuse cases. The files were maintained by a division of the office that was led by Brian Holmgren, who departed on Tuesday.
Funk appointed a team of prosecutors to review the backlogged cases. He said the cases each stemmed from the multiagency Child Protection Investigative Team, which includes police and Department of Children’s Services officers and representatives of the Nashville Children’s Alliance. Prosecutors participate and then make decisions whether to pursue cases in criminal court. The team reviews an average of 1,200 cases each year. Funk said 74 child sexual abuse cases, some as old as 2010, that had not been followed up on were found in mid-January. He said 60 to 80 child physical abuse cases, some as old as 2001, were found about two weeks ago.