April 24, 2013

Assistant Jackson County prosecutor honored for protecting children

The assistant Jackson County prosecutor receives the award named for homicide victims Ali Kemp and Crystal Kipper.

A veteran Jackson County assistant prosecutor was honored Wednesday for her work protecting children.

Alison Dunning received the annual Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award at an event commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, presented the award.

“It takes an enormous amount of courage and dedication to prosecute child victim cases,” Dickinson said. “It is heart-breaking enough to deal with adult victims of crimes, but when it comes to the most vulnerable victims, our children, it becomes even more horrendous.”

A prosecutor for 15 years, Dunning successfully prosecuted a former Grain Valley school teacher on multiple charges of statutory sodomy and child molestation. He is to be sentenced Thursday.

The award is named for two young area homicide victims.

“By honoring these two young crime victims whose deaths profoundly touched us all, we pay our respects to all victims of crime, as well as recognizing those who work diligently to prevent and bring justice to those who exploit children,” Dickinson said.

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