Being charged with a sexually based crime in Maryland can lead to devastating consequences. These can begin with newspaper headlines and gossip that imply guilt even before the defendant's criminal trial has begun. And even if that person is found innocent of all charges, public perception of guilt can still haunt that person for the rest of their life. Recently, the son of a former local football great has potentially found himself in just this kind of situation.
Ray Lewis III, the son of former Baltimore Ravens' superstar Ray Lewis, has been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge resulted from an investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred in January in Conway, South Carolina, where Lewis is attending Coastal Carolina University.
According to the police, two women claimed that back in January, Lewis sexually assaulted them at a nearby apartment complex. The arrest warrant alleged that Lewis engaged in sexual battery with an 18-year-old female, knowing that the woman was mentally incapacitated because of the use of alcohol and/or drugs. Lewis's attorneys deny the charge and insist that any sex that occurred between Lewis and the woman was consensual. Lewis turned himself in for processing on the charge and was released on a $10,000 bond. However, he has received a suspension from playing football for the University for an indefinite amount of time.
Being charged with any kind of sexual-based crime can ruin a person's life. However, any Maryland resident who is facing sexual assault charges may want to speak with a criminal defense attorney in order to find out what the potential consequences of these charges are.
Source: dailynews.com, "Ray Lewis III, son of ex-Ravens star, turns himself in on criminal sexual conduct charge", April 29, 2016