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McKINNEY - McKinney police have released preliminary details of an internal investigation detailing why they failed to take action on multiple complaints of sexual abuse by local chiropractor David Russell.

The report includes a breakdown in communication from when the Department of Family and Protective Services referred a complaint to the police.

Russell has since been charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls after he allegedly touched them inappropriately during office visits.

News 8 first broke the story that two dance teachers reported concerns about Russell to McKinney police back in February. Had police acted, they may have prevented one of the two cases of abuse Russell has been charged with.

The report stated the city reviewed all referrals from Family and Protective Services and found it was the only lost or mishandled complaint between the state and the police department.

The police department said they are also initiating new policies that include:

  • A process to receive, track, assign and follow-up on all credible information regardless of how they get receive the information, which includes walk-ins at the Public Safety Building
  • Centralizing the function of assigning Protective Services referrals
  • Improved training for customer service.

The release noticeably made no apology for the department's failure to follow-up on the complaints. It also admitted no fault.

The police department said they continue to take charges against Russell seriously and are still investigating.

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