The world of criminal law is extremely complex and includes misdemeanors as well as felonies. Sex crimes are one category of charges that may be faced by parents, teachers, care providers or even strangers. However, it is important for those accused as well as others to remember that accusations are not convictions. Every person has the right to secure a thorough defense when such allegations are made.
A former vice president of advancement at East Stroudsburg University will be on trial in a federal courtroom this fall to defend himself against a civil lawsuit involving sexual misconduct with three men while they were students at the university. All three of the plaintiffs are black men who lack an intact home and the suit alleges that the defendant used that to coerce them into sexual acts or that he physically assaulted them until they participated in criminal sexual conduct.
Reports on the situation also indicate that the state of Pennsylvania is under attack for its refusal to initiate a criminal proceeding against the defendant at this time. The district attorney's office, however, says that doing so would be a conflict of interest since it is currently defending the university and other administrators in the civil lawsuit. It is not known if a criminal case could begin after the civil trial is complete.
Any person who is arrested for a sex crime may wish to talk with an attorney as soon as possible. These forms of crimes can often result in both civil and criminal lawsuits making the need for professional help an important way of protecting one's rights.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Lawyer urges sex-crime probe of former ed official," Michael Rubinkam, July 9, 2014