When a person cares for a child, they usually do their best to see that the child is healthy and happy. Unfortunately, there are times when a person in Maryland is accused of crimes involving the children in their care. This can be a very serious situation, especially if the accused is facing charges of child sexual abuse. However, it is important to remember that every person is innocent until proven guilty. In fact, recently a 48-year-old Fredrick woman charged with sexually abusing two girls has been found not guilty.
The alleged acts took place over a three-year period. According to the July 2015 indictment the woman was accused of improperly touching the children on the genitals a number of times while she resided with the girls in Washington County. At the time of the alleged acts, which reportedly started in 2011, the children were both under 14-years-old. The woman was charged with sexual abuse of a minor and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct.
In the girls provided testimony recorded on videotape, during an interview that took place at the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center in 2015. Also, the girl's father and sibling also provided testimony. They claimed that while they did not see any inappropriate touching, they overheard one of the children saying she didn't want to be touched.
The woman, who came from El Salvador, used an interpreter when providing testimony. She stated that she did not understand what the Maryland State Police were asking her in a May 2015 interview. She stated that the interpreter the police were using misinterpreted the words "to wash" to say "to touch." The woman said that she did wash one of the girls a few times due to personal hygiene issues. Police did not record her interview.
In this story, the woman was fortunate. The jury determined that she was not guilty of the sex crimes she faced. However, this was a very serious situation, and should the jury have found differently, she could have faced severe consequences. Therefore, those who are facing charges of sex crimes should seek legal advice, to learn more about the charges they face and to develop a compelling argument in their favor.
Source: Herald-Mail Media, "Frederick woman found not guilty of child sexual abuse charges," Don Aines, April 6, 2017