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After years of steady increases in child abuse cases, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said the number of actual reports in the County has stabilized. Hogan says his office doubled the number of child abuse detectives and prosecutors, added bi-lingual investigators and support staff. Hogan attributes some of that to mandated reporting laws in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of reports went from 414 to 1,306. IN 2016, there were 1,681 reports of abuse in the county, and 2017 and 2018, there were 1,924 and 1,983, respectively, what Hogan is calling a relatively flat number of child abuse reports, with an actual decrease in forensic interviews. Sergeant David Sassa, the Chester County Detective who supervises the Child Abuse Unit said in a written statement that his unit has “made outstanding progress in the last few years” in their “ability to handle child abuse cases” and that his office follows a “vertical prosecution model, which has detectives and prosecutors working together the moment a case is reported.”