A security guard employed at a Maryland high school was arrested earlier this month on sexual abuse charges after he allegedly entered into a sexual relationship with a student.
The accused, who has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, allegedly gave the student gifts that included a cell phone, which he used to communicate with her during and after school.
The victim, after allegedly being taken to a hotel by the accused, reported the incident to the police.
Sex Crimes Defense
When someone is charged with a crime of a sexual nature, that can refer to misdemeanor or first-degree misconduct, including actions involving a deadly weapon. Such crimes have been known to include:
- Pandering or pimping
- Statutory Rape
- Child pornography
- Indecent exposure
Depending on where you are charged, the penalties for these crimes can be severe. The District of Columbia is one such jurisdiction. In cases where there are no aggravating circumstances, those charged and convicted of sex crimes in the first degree face a maximum penalty of no more than 30 years in prison. Unarmed second-degree abuse carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and those convicted of third and fourth degree charges face maximum sentences of 10 and five years, respectively.
There are also maximum sentences for misdemeanor sexual abuse in Washington, D.C. Depending on the severity of the charges, a maximum penalty of 180 days imprisonment may be ordered.
Those convicted of sex crimes are also required to register as sex offenders. The length of registration depends on the nature of the crime – though some may only be ordered to register for a few years, others may be required to register for life.
Because many cases involving these types of offenses often boil down to one party’s word against the other’s, it is important to retain legal representation that can thoroughly investigate your case and develop a strong legal defense.
Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal defense charges, the legal team at Lotze Mosley, LLP can provide the help you need. Our team of compassionate, dedicated attorneys specializes in defending against criminal charges, including those involving crimes of a sexual nature. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience in this legal arena and can work with you, regardless of the situation, to devise a legal strategy that yields the best possible results.
At Lotze Mosely, we provide the legal wisdom and moral support that you are looking for during this difficult time. To get started, we invite you to call our law office today at (202) 393-0535 to schedule an initial consultation to assess your case.