Buncombe County Submitted: January 7, 2020 | Updated: March 11, 2020

(January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

Hello Buncombe County, NC Sheriff's Department,

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information from 01/01/17 - 12/31/18.

** I'd like to ask that you please break this information (#1 - #3) down by month:

1. I'd like to know what was the total # of sexual assaults (any) reported by month to the Sheriffs’ department.

2. What was the number of those accepted for an investigation, and how were they closed (especially if the ADA refused to prosecute or “victim refused”)?

3. Of those where you did do an arrest, what were the number of dismissals by the court?

4. What was the number of male vs. female victims, the victims' races, and ages in the following ranges (less than 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, over 70)? Please break this information down by year.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • March 11, 2020 3:20 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2020, 3:20 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    Thank you so much for your help with this request. We’ve marked it as completed on our site.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • March 11, 2020 9:01 am

    3 months ago

    from: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2020, 9:01 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Hello Sunshine Request,

     

    Here is what I have for this request:

     

    1. I’d like to know what was the total # of sexual assaults (any) reported by month to the Sheriffs’ department.

     

    We cannot provide stats for “sexual assaults” as that is not a specific charge. I have included offenses falling under the category of “Forcible Sex Offense” which includes “Sex Offense” – “Fondling” and “With Object”, “Rape”, “Statutory Rape”, “Indecent Liberties with a child.” I’ve also included and “Sexual Battery.”

     

    I think this meets the criteria of the request.

     

    2. What was the number of those accepted for an investigation, and how were they closed (especially if the ADA refused to prosecute or “victim refused”)?
    3. Of those where you did do an arrest, what were the number of dismissals by the court?

     

      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    2017 7 8 7 15 20 20 20 17 8 15 16 12
    2018 10 12 13 11 14 10 7 4 7 13 13 6

    All of those cases in the chart above have been “accepted for investigation.”

     

      2017 2018
    Closed/Cleared by Arrest 31 29
    Closed/Leads Exhausted 6 6
    Exceptionally Cleared 84 46
    Further Investigation (Open) 1 4
    Inactive 0 1
    Unfounded 43 34

     

     

    We do not have data on case disposition beyond arrest. You would need to contact the courts for that information.

     

    4. What was the number of male vs. female victims, the victims’ races, and ages in the following ranges (less than 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, over 70)? Please break this information down by year.

     

    We do not have any records response to this request or a way to quickly output that information from our database. This level of data would require a significant number of hours to compile by manually reviewing case files.

     

    Aaron

     

    Aaron Sarver

    Public Information Officer

    Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

    [email protected]

    828.250.4414

    Editor’s Note 03/11/20: In order to preserve the formatting of Aaron’s email, we have downloaded it as a PDF, and attached here: Records Request January 2020 Request for Buncombe County NC 2017 and 2018 records (pdf)

    You can also access this at top left in “Documents” section. Thank you!

     


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 9, 2020 3:41 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 9, 2020, 3:41 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    I have received the request and it is in the works.

     

    Aaron

     

    Aaron Sarver

    Public Information Officer

    Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

    [email protected]

    828.250.4414


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 9, 2020 3:26 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 9, 2020, 3:26 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    This is our third follow up attempt on this request (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records that we received back in January. We are just checking in to confirm that you had gotten this request and it was being processed?

     

    We greatly appreciate your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • February 24, 2020 2:02 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 24, 2020, 2:02 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    Following up again on this request (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records to confirm that it had been received and was being processed?

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • February 5, 2020 1:56 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 5, 2020, 1:56 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    We are following up on this request to confirm that it has been received and began processing?

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 8, 2020 2:19 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 8, 2020, 2:19 PM
    subject: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Good afternoon Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (January 2020) Request for Buncombe County, NC 2017 and 2018 records

     

    Message: “Hello Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information from 01/01/17 – 12/31/18.

     

    ** I’d like to ask that you please break this information (#1 – #3) down by month:

     

    1. I’d like to know what was the total # of sexual assaults (any) reported by month to the Sheriffs’ department.

     

    2. What was the number of those accepted for an investigation, and how were they closed (especially if the ADA refused to prosecute or “victim refused”)?

     

    3. Of those where you did do an arrest, what were the number of dismissals by the court?

     

    4. What was the number of male vs. female victims, the victims’ races, and ages in the following ranges (less than 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, over 70)? Please break this information down by year.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!“

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Reequest


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 7, 2020 5:45 pm

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending