SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Deputy District Attorney Jane Templeton was recognized Thursday at the 17th Annual “Shine a Light” on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast for her dedication and commitment as a Crimes Against Children prosecutor. The annual event, hosted by Children’s Network, is held at the end of March as a kick-off for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April.
Templeton is a 15-year veteran prosecutor assigned to the Central Division Family Violence Unit, who specializes in the prosecution of felony crimes against children. She currently has 40-plus child abuse cases on her caseload.
According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Simon Umscheid, who oversees the Central Division, despite the heavy workload, Ms. Templeton always handles her cases with the victim’s well-being in mind.
“She is always able to put the victim first not only in the handling of the case but also in the final outcome of the case,” said Umscheid. “She is frequently able to work out significant dispositions sparing the child from having to face the perpetrator in open court.”
Umscheid added that this results in both securing justice for the victim and also sparing them the traumatizing experience of testifying in open court.