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  • Hospital Sexual Assaults

    The reporter investigated sexual assaults on patients at hospitals in the Phoenix area, and the reporting led to criminal convictions for three hospital staff members. In March 2008, the station received an e-mail saying staff at a Scottsdale hospital didn't call police after a stroke patient told them she was sexually assaulted in her bed. After the original report aired, other people came forward with similar stories. After a public records request from the police department, the reporter found sex crimes against patients at about a dozen Phoenix-area hospitals. Most cases were never solved. Ptosecutors criminally charged employees at the original Scottsdale hospital with violations of Arizona's vulnerable adults law. Three were convicted and one received jail time. Several hospitals in the Phoenix are have reviewed and improved their patient security as a result of these reports.
  • Shriners' Investigation

    Frost has reported this story for three years, picking up where the ORlando Sentinel left off twenty years ago by focusing on how the Shriners used charitable donations to fund mortgages for executives, directors and key employees and failed to report these transactions, specifically the mortgage satisfactions, on their exempt organization tax returns (990 form.) This past year, most of Frost's focus has been on the Shriners secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters who were involved in a series of sex crimes.
  • MySpace Predator Caught By Code

    The social networking site, MySpace, has been found to have 744 known sex offenders with profiles on the website. Of those, 497 have been convicted of sex crimes against children, and close to half of the offenders had been convicted since 2000.
  • On Duty Spokane Firefighter Accused of Raping Teenage Girl

    This investigation began with a press release that said an unnamed local firefighter had been placed on paid administrative leave after an alleged rape was reported by a 17 year-old girl. The reporters used city payroll documents to reveal the firefighter's name. They then learned that the firefighter had used city-controlled computer equipment to contact the girl on an internet sex site. They also learned that the firefighter had taken digital pictures of the sexual encounter, but city police detectives deleted the pictures, supposedly to protect the victim. This lead to a second investigation, this time into the conduct of the police detective for destroying evidence.
  • Sex Offender Central

    Oklahoma state officials placed a probation and parole office, where sex offenders are required to check-in regularly, directly across the street from an elementary school. Not only does it violate the sex offenders' parole to visit the center, but it may also put the children at risk.
  • Sex Offenders in Nursing Homes

    This investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times looks at nursing homes in Chicago and throughout the state. It found 100 convicted sex offenders and 61 parolees convicted of non-sex crimes living in nursing homes; the other residents' families weren't notified. In half of these cases, the parolees and registered sex offenders were under the age of 50.
  • What Crime? What Rape?

    This St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation the conspicuously low number of reported rapes in St. Louis. It found the St. Louis Police Department engaging in practices to keep the number of crimes down for statistics---especially crimes involving sexual assault or rape. Records show that the department made use of informal, handwritten "crime memos" to document such cases instead of official reports. These memos were frequently lost, and in most cases the investigations were never pursued or followed up.
  • Juvenile Sex Predators

    This investigation delved into the statistic that one out of four sex offenses against children are committed by children. Child sexual predators often go unpunished because of their minor status.
  • Internet predators

    This KCTV investigation probed the claims of the group Perverted Justice, which exposes men who use the Internet to prey on children. A member of Perverted Justice would pose as a minor in an Internet chat room and wait for an adult man to approach the "minor" about sex. The "minor" would then arrange to meet the man at a home rented by KCTV. After four days, 30 men made appointments to meet the "minor" for sex. Sixteen came to the door and were confronted by the news crew. The investigation showed how prevalent and serious the problem of Internet predators is.
  • "Stalking the stalkers"

    This investigation set out to show the dangers associated with the Internet for children. A reporter posed online as a 13-year-old girl; it took only minutes for men to respond. While the reporter was certain not to lure or solicit, the men performed sex acts on their Web cams. Those who made travel arrangements to rendezvous with the fictitious 13-year-old were confronted, and the station's reports prompted investigations of two men followed by indictments.