A man was arrested over the weekend after being accused of a sex crime with a child. The New Jersey church mentor is now facing two counts of criminal sexual contact and one count each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. According to reports the man was not a mentor to the child when the alleged assaults occurred.
It is important in cases of alleged sexual assault to be sensitive to the potential victim, but also understand that the accused person has rights, as well. Many times, these accusations are so severe that the public automatically assumes the person is guilty when they hear about it in the news. The criminal justice system works in a way that those charged with a crime are presumed innocent.
If someone is accused of a crime it might be wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney. When the charges are severe, as they are with sexual assault or endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey, it is important to understand your rights and form a rigorous criminal defense. A criminal defense attorney can help people accused of a crime understand the evidence against them and make sure it was gathered legally.
Not only can sex crimes lead to public embarrassment but they can also make it difficult to find a job or housing if convicted. Many states also require people to register as a sex offender if they are convicted of certain crimes. This can make it difficult to be reintegrated into a community, leading to many unforeseen consequences.
Source: Patch, "Church Mentor from Bellmawr Accused in Sex Assault of Boy," Sean McCullen, June 11, 2012