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.
When someone in Atlanta, Georgia, is facing sex charges, they have more than their freedom on the line. Their reputation and their future are at stake. The court of public opinion may convict a person who has been charged without the benefit of an actual trial in a court of law.