While all crimes involving assault are worrisome, crimes involving the sexual assault of a child are considered especially serious in the eyes of the court. It is critical that individuals who are accused of such crimes have a strong criminal defense to fight the charges in court.
A 22-year-old Virginia man was recently arrested and charged for multiple crimes relating to the sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. According to the alleged victim, the assaults occurred between December 2013 and January 2014. The man allegedly used an alias to meet the 12-year-old girl online and they exchanged emails before meeting in person. Detectives have not released information on how many times the two met or the locations of the sexual encounters.
The accused man lives with his girlfriend and young daughter and has no criminal record. He had previously worked as a correctional officer and worked as recently as February of this year. Officials have not mentioned whether he was terminated or resigned.
The man has been charged with rape, aggravated sexual battery, taking indecent liberties with a child and other charges. He is currently being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.
When facing these types of charges, it is important to know that there are many defenses that can protect one from facing extreme consequences. One criminal defense involves proving one’s innocence with an alibi at the time that the alleged crime took place. It is also possible that the victim misidentified their attacker. The prosecution has the burden of proof and must show that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Without enough evidence, it is possible that someone accused of a crime will be able to avoid major consequences. Experienced criminal defense professionals are able to assist individuals who have been accused and ensure their rights are protected.
Source: WAVY, “PD: Former correctional officer met sexual assault victim online,” Catherine Rogers, Feb. 26, 2014