New allegations claim Vallejo PD mishandled kidnapping victim's sex assault test

Byby Melanie Woodrow KGO logo
Thursday, March 24, 2016
New allegations highlight Vallejo PD's questionable response to victim's claims
New allegations have emerged regarding the way the Vallejo Police Department handled the kidnapping of Denise Huskins.

VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- New allegations have emerged regarding the way the Vallejo Police Department handled the kidnapping of Denise Huskins.

Vallejo police initially called the abduction a hoax, that's until a man was arrested for the crime.

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The new allegations name at least one specific detective's response and it also alleged the Vallejo Police Department mishandle Huskins' sexual assault exam. Despite the seriousness of the allegations, no one at the police department would comment Wednesday.

There was some vindication for Denise Huskins this summer as she stood next to her boyfriend Aaron Quinn. With Matthew Muller behind bars, it seemed Huskins' kidnapping wasn't a hoax. But that's not the only crime Vallejo Police accused Denise of making up.

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A federal civil rights complaint says Detective Matthew Mustard, Vallejo Police Department's Police Officer Association president, said to Denise's mother that her daughter made up being raped twice.

This, according to the complaint, after Huskin's mom confided in detective Mustard her daughter was molested as a child.

"Detective Mustard responded by suggesting and stating that that's what sometimes people do who are victims of sexual assault, that they make it up later and try to re-experience the situation and enjoy the excitement," said Huskin's attorney James Wagstaffe.

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Huskin's attorney say she requested a sexual assault exam.

"Outrageously, that she keep her clothes on and they'll do it eventually," Wagstaffe said.

Huskins then spent 15 more hours in the clothing she was sexually assaulted in, according to Wagstaffe.

"It was one of the biggest miscarriages of justice I've ever seen in my entire 25 year career. It was insulting. It was misogynistic," said Huskin's criminal attorney Doug Rappaport.

Neither attorney knows what ever happened with the kit. "We have no information that it was ever even tested at all," Wagstaffe said.

No one at Vallejo Police Department would answer that question Wednesday. The city spokesperson also said no comment.

"It is terrifying for women who are sexually assaulted if the police doubt their claim at the outset and don't preserve evidence," he said.

There's some suggestion at least one officer questioned how the case was handled. According to the complaint, the unnamed officer told Huskin's mom that in five years he would love to tell them what happened.

The Vallejo Police Department Chief apologized to Huskins in a letter. There's no mention of the sexual assault.