A Montgomery County middle school has come clean about rumors involving a school worker allegedly sexually assaulting a minor student. According to reports, a 44-year-old camera maintenance worker at Baker Middle School is being charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense for allegedly touching a 12-year-old female on the butt.
The incident was widely rumored until the school finally issued a formal notification to parents. It is holding sessions for parents to come and ask questions about the alleged sexual assault. Given the age of the victim, along with the incident allegedly occurring in a school, the suspect will face considerable ire from the public.
The nature of sex offenses like these often some with stiff penalties, if convicted. The zero tolerance voters have for sex crimes against minors has resulted in politicians, prosecutors and judges who come down hard on offenders. The severe prison sentences recently handed down to sex offenders is testament to that.
At the same time, the only evidence for crimes like this one may be a statement from the victim. An alleged victim may distort the facts to significantly increase criminal exposure. When the allegations are against a repeat offender or other person with something less than a sterling criminal history, convictions become more and more likely.
As a result, those charged with sexual offenses are encouraged to reach out to a local criminal defense attorney to evaluate the charges against them. A strong defense can help lessen the penalties, or even dismiss the charges when there is a lack of evidence.
Source: The Montgomery County Sentinel, "Middle school comes clean about alleged sexual assault," Rebecca Guterman, Nov. 6, 2014