No one wants to be accused of a crime, especially when it involves something as serious as rape. Such allegations can affect one's entire future, especially if they are convicted and labeled as a sex offender. Therefore, if a person is accused of rape or sexual assault, it is important that they seek the help they need to defend themselves and protect their legal interests.
A Maryland high school student, age 17, may need to do this now after being charged with numerous felonies for allegedly forcing a girl, age 17, out of the school and then sexually assaulting her. According to the girl, she and the accused were in the library when he held her by her arms and forced her out of the building. They then allegedly went down the road to an area hidden by a waterfall. It was there, according to the girl, that the accused undressed her and sexually assaulted her twice. She claims that during that time the accused choked her, causing her to pass out. It has not been reported where each party went after the alleged assault. The girl did claim that the accused said he would murder her and then commit suicide.
When deputies approached the accused's residence, the accused pushed one of them and then tried to run away. After a search was performed by police, the accused was found in another home. Some of the charges he faces include rape, assault, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment.
These are serious charges for anyone to face, no matter their age. However, they are very serious for this young man, who has his whole future in front of him. Felony sexual assault charges could lead to significant time in prison and a criminal record that may make it difficult for a person to obtain housing or employment. Therefore, any young person facing such charges should make sure to prepare a strong defense strategy, which may include attacking witness credibility, drawing physical evidence into question, and using expert witnesses to one's advantage. A criminal defense attorney can help in this endeavor.
Source: Cecil Whig, "North East High student charged in rape of teen," Carl Hamilton, May 22, 2017