MASSAC COUNTY, IL — The Massac County Sheriff’s Department is being accused of neglect in a child sex abuse investigation. This report coming from the Paducah Sun.

The case starts in August 2016 when a Massac County deputy was called to a home on report that a man had shown pornography to and masturbated in front of a 13-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy.

That investigation lead to Samuel Mizell being charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13 and one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Now the Massac County Sheriff’s Department is admitting they were negligent during their investigation of Mizell.

During a hearing last week, Mizell’s attorney focused mainly on the actions of Massac County Investigator Chad Kaylor.

Kaylor is set to succeed current Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder when he retires in August.

In his testimony, Kaylor said it took the department more than two weeks after they started the case to file a search warrant for Mizell’s home.

Evidence in the case was also never logged and eventually lost by the sheriff’s department.

This includes evidence recorded to a hard drive. Kaylor said the hard drive had crashed and all information on it was lost.

This hard drive not only had Mizzell’s case on it, but evidence from several other case.

Mizell’s attorney says not only is her client innocent, but that the mishandling of the case is making it hard to prove his innocent.

Another date to continue the case has not yet been set up.

We’ll be looking into this case and will bring you more details when we can.