But police have had no trouble prosecuting celebrities such as Max Clifford and Rolf Harris years after the event. The problem seems to arise when it is an individual with links to the political class of the UK.
After a couple of failed attempts to start an Independent Child Sex Abuse inquiry one finally got underway this year with the chair being occupied by the Hon. Lowell Goddard who was flown in from the Antipodes.
She will receive an annual salary of £360,000, with an additional an annual rental allowance of £110,000 and £12,000 a year to cover utilities. As the BBC reports "The Home Office will also cover the cost of four return flights from the UK to the judge's native New Zealand." The flight cost includes her husband and there is provision for immediate family members. Her pay deal is worth £480,000 a year plus without those flights; as we sarcastically commented earlier in July "Of course she would never be able to fund the flights herself out of a measly £360,000 a year."
Goddard has already said the inquiry may last until 2020 but why?
While it is vital the inquiry is independent and fair does it really need five years?
That will rack up costs and some of the accused and possibly survivors may not be around in 2020.
Thursday's news that the inquiry into the late Cyril Smith is being closed will concern the survivors of abuse.
If there really never was any guilt justice must be served but is that the case?
With each delay evidence becomes distorted or more difficult to locate.
Those who smell a rat may believe that is the overall plan.
Below is what the Northamptonshire Telegraph is reporting Thursday:
In a statement released today after an article by BBC reporter Sally Chidzoy, the force [ Northamptonshire police ] said a cold case team assigned to look into the claims about Smith, who died in 2010, had interviewed more than 60 police staff, including the two Chief Constables in post during the period under investigation.The investigation was started after Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk claimed in his book that material was allegedly discovered in the back of Smith’s car when he was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire more than 30 years ago.
In March 2015 Home Secretary Theresa May asked for police whistleblowers to be offered immunity to testify against the late MP [Cyril Smith ] and any public figures allegedly involved in child sex abuse. May said "Cyril Smith cover-up claims 'could lead to prosecutions'."