Friday, April 3, 1998 | 11:29 a.m.
A veteran Metro Police sexual assault detective has been suspended for allegedly neglecting his assigned cases, police said.
Detective John Fox, who has been with the department for 29 years, was relieved of duty Wednesday, Undersheriff Richard Winget said today.
Fox, 60, was placed on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation was being completed.
"We received a series of complaints from victims or victims' relatives that progress was not being made on the investigations of these crimes," Winget said. "The supervisors looked at a sampling of (Fox's) cases and were concerned that there may be some validity to the complaints."
More than 100 sexual assault cases that Fox had been assigned to work on have been divided amongst 14 detectives, Winget said.
"Because the crimes are so critical, we reassigned the cases to other detectives while we investigate it," Winget said.
The Sexual Assault Detail handles cases involving victims 9 years of age and older, he said.
About three rapes occur each night in the Las Vegas Valley, sexual assault Sgt. Clint Robison said.