A Georgia man who was accused of the brutal rape of a woman he met at a Sandy Springs bar was arrested four days after the alleged incident and now faces several felony charges.
A veteran policeman with the DeKalb County Police Department is under fire after allegations were made that he molested a 13-year-old girl. The 49-year-old is now facing child molestation charges and is being held in police custody.
A veteran DeKalb County police officer has been charged with child molestation after police said he showed pornography to a 13-year-old girl and tried to undress her. The 49-year-old man resigned his position with the police department after 18 years on the job. Police said he admitted to the charges, but the man's attorney disputed that, saying the man has not confessed.
Individuals who are accused of sex crimes, often face a strong bias against them from law enforcement and they likely will face an aggressive prosecution. When the defendant is accused of serial rape with a weapon, it is often that much more difficult for the accused.
Any type of criminal activity and accusation should not be taken lightly. But it is no secret that accusations of sex crimes carry additional weight and gravity both within the community and for the accused.
No matter how bad a crime sounds, a defendant is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. While peers and coworkers may rush to judgment when a suspect is charges with serious sex crimes, a defendant may well be found not guilty of some or all of the charges, or at least have them significantly reduced by the end of a trial.
Sex crimes against children are viewed as particularly heinous under Georgia law. A person convicted of a first offense of child molestation is subject to no less than five years in prison and no more than 20 years on the sex crime charge. If, however, the victim of sexual molestation is between 14 and 16 years of age and the defendant is 18 or younger and not more than four years older than the victim, the person is only guilty of a misdemeanor.
Being charged with alleged creation and possession of child pornography are serious crimes no matter where you work. Being charged with those alleged sex crimes while working at a school makes it that much more serious and requires a very strong defense.
Being accused of any type of crime should always be taken seriously. However, allegations involving sex crimes--especially those involving children--should be given particular attention. If someone is found guilty of this type of crime, his personal life and professional life could be changed forever.
No matter who you are or what your position, one's reputation can often be damaged over unfair accusations. Allegations of sex crimes in particular raise the risk of dealing enough damage to reputation in one's professional life or personal life that it could be almost impossible to recover.