By: Angie Bado, TSB Staff
The McKinney Police Department (MPD) released a report on Friday containing the results of their internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the criminal investigation of McKinney chiropractor David Allen Russell.
Back in November, department officials admitted mishandling early allegations that were made in the follow up of alligations made against Russell in early 2011.
Two women made the initial complaints that Russell was involved with sexual misconduct with young girls to a MPD communications specialist in February of 2011. The women aslo contacted Child Protective Services (CPS) with regard to the same allegations against Russell in July, who then contacted the Special Victims Unit (SVU). It wasn’t until October 12 that the McKinney Police Department fully began investigating Russell, and during the month of November, the McKinney Police Department issued numerous media releases and conducted interviews asking the public for assistance in identifying any additional potential victims.
In the report issued on Friday, the department acknowledged that the effectiveness of the McKinney Police Department, in the eyes of some members of the community, has been negatively affected due to the delayed response to the initial allegations and that earlier action by the department may have yielded evidence that may have aided in the ultimate prosecution of Russell.
The internal investigation has led to discipline for the charges against the officers involved in the mishandling of the investigation. One employee who was involved, communications specialist Michael Messner, resigned prior to the onset of the investigation, so no action can be taken.
Some changes in department protocol have also been instituted as a result of the internal investigation, including a better communication system and additional supervision at all levels which will add greater flexibility and control in the growing department.
Deputy Chief Scott Brewer said, “Our relationship with the community is built on trust and we have created the highest degree of transparency with the community.”
Brewer said the department should have done a better job at the time (of the first reports of alleged sexual misconduct by Russell) but will now make every effort to make certain that these things won’t happen again. He also said that there is no way to predict what crimes may have been prevented if the department had acted on the complaints in February of 2011, although the MPD did learn of another alleged assault that occurred after the first complaint was made.
The SVU investigated twenty-one allegations involving Russell; four allegations have been filed as felony Sexual Assault charges against him
Brewer said that he will make himself available to speak with anyone in the community in order to improve the transparency of the department.