Man Accused of Sexual Assault Awaits Verdict
It could be argued, especially by those accused, that few things in our country are worse than charges of sexual offense or statutory rape. Even if you are proven innocent, the charges alone can create a stigma that follows you. One man stands accused of both with a charge of raping his 14-year-old neighbor. While the accusation was made almost four years ago, the jury only recently began deliberating.
Allegedly, the man climbed through the accuser’s window and sexually assaulted her. The accuser’s mother claims to have seen a man who was nude climbing out of her daughter’s window, and police later arrested the man as he was driving naked down the road. He would later be charged with rape.
The man tells a different story. The accused man claims that the young woman was pursuing him and that he eventually gave in. His narrative tells of a girl who, by testimony of her former counselor, has a proven lack of truthfulness, and who opened her window to allow him into her bedroom. The man’s attorney has questioned the evidence.
The unfortunate truth for the accused man is that even if he is proven innocent, he could suffer damage to his reputation. False accusations of sexual assault can ruin not only a person’s personal life, but also their professional life. It is important to remember, however, that being accused is not the same as being convicted.
While this case took place in North Carolina, people in Illinois facing similar charges can relate. Nobody should pay for a crime they didn’t commit. With a strong defense, it may be possible to fight the charges and clear your name.
Source: Gaston Gazette, “Trial involving rape of teen girl, convicted killer continues,” Diane Turbyfill, Jan. 16, 2014