Sex Crimes Over Stated At UC Davis

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Between 2005 and 2007, Violence Prevention Program Director Jennifer Beeman reported 185 forcible sex offenses. However, UC Davis officials say based on two reviews, that number should actually be 77.

Robert Loessberg-Zahl is UC Davis’ assistant executive vice-chancellor. He says he doesn’t know why Beeman – who retired this past June – inflated the numbers.
“I’m sorry. I understand that that’s a question on everybody’s mind. It’s a question on my mind. But it’s a question that we haven’t asked and I won’t speculate.”
UC Davis is in line to get a $1 million federal grant to enhance services for crime victims. But in light of the discrepancies, there’s a question of whether that money will be held back. Campus Police Chief Annette Spicuzza:
“I spoke with the Department of Justice and explained all of this to them. They’re response was that they would let us know. Our hope of course is that it would not.”
The campus could also face civil penalties for reporting inaccurate crime numbers.