Judge sides with family of former prosecutor who committed suicide

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Chad Platt’s family wants the truth revealed.

Platt is a former Salt Lake County deputy district attorney who committed suicide in 2016.  He was under investigation following allegations of child pornography.  

“It was very shocking and out of character and sad,” said his cousin, RobRoy Platt.

Two days before his suicide, the  Attorney General’s internet crimes against children (ICAC) unit which investigates child pornography cases, served a search warrant at his home.

But no evidence was found at the home and Platt was never arrested.

In a suicide note, Platt told family members the allegations were untrue but it would follow him for the rest of his career.

Since his death, his family has been blocked from receiving details about the investigation.

“What are they keeping from us?” asked his brother Shawn Platt. “I think what they’re keeping from us is absolute dead ends.”

The state found no evidence of any child pornography and closed the case.  They eventually released more than a thousand pages of documents related to the investigation.

But they’ve refused to turnover 53 documents according to the family’s attorney.  Those records include the findings of Platt’s iPad that the FBI and a private forensic unit searched through.

But Wednesday in court, the attorney for the family said they want those documents released because it was part of their original records request.

A deputy attorney general claimed it wasn’t part of the original request and need to go through the proper channels and request it again.  
The judge disagreed with the state and refused to dismiss the case.

“Today is a victory and we’ll take all the victories that we can in this effort that’s been ongoing for years about the investigation of Chad Platt,” said Paul Amann, the family attorney.

But the records won’t be released yet.  The Attorney General’s office has fourteen days to agree or disagree with the judge’s ruling.  That will be followed by a lengthy trial-like process to see if the documents should be released.

“I think it is one step closer to proving what we already know about Chad which is what he was accused of is absolutely not within his character,”  RobRoy Platt.

If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.

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