15 Jul Man Facing Sex Crimes Charges Admits to Similar Juvenile CrimePosted in Sex Crimes
An Illinois man is facing charges for sex crimes after an alleged incident with a minor child. Over the course of the investigation, the defendant supposedly admitted in an interview that he had been convicted of sex crimes charges as a juvenile. The man entered not guilty pleas to the most recent charges at his first court appearance.
These charges stem from an incident involving a young girl under the age of 12. Illinois law enforcement has officially charged him with three separate counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 12. According to the report, the man is accused of raping a young girl three different times over the course of a few months in 2010. The alleged victim has only recently come forward to report the incident.
As law enforcement was investigating the accusations against the man, he reportedly admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl when he was just 15 years old. This would be considered part of his juvenile record, which could not be used against him in a case where he is charged as an adult. At the time, he was not listed on the sex offender registry list. Additionally, it is not immediately clear what evidence has been found to support the claims of the young girl.
Charges for sex crimes are very serious, and even though the defendant did admit to wrongdoing, it would be beneficial to explore defense options. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution, and the man has the right to challenge any evidence brought against him. Despite any criminal past, he has not yet been convicted of these crimes. Therefore, he is considered innocent in the eyes of the law.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, “Man charged with sexual assault of young girl had prior conviction“, Nico Savidge, July 11, 2014