Vegas DA: Initials in documents shield victims

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Updated: 2/13/2014 12:25 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas say they've begun using initials instead of full names in court documents alleging sex crimes to shield victims from identification on the Internet.

Assistant Clark County District Attorney Christopher Lalli tells the Las Vegas Sun the policy aims to avoid embarrassing victims by having details of crimes against them made public.

Lalli says the release of information is particularly difficult for child victims, and parents sometimes refuse to cooperate with police and prosecutors because they fear accounts of crimes will be widely distributed.

Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price says she removes Social Security numbers and the names of minors from records she releases to the public.

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