The Maryland community is likely shocked as they learn of sex abuse allegations
against a former school teacher. While one is quick to jump to conclusions,
not every individual in Maryland who is charged with a sexual crime is
guilty. In this particular case, however, the suspect has admitted his
guilt in this
sexual assault case.
A former baseball coach and social studies teacher has pleaded guilty and
entered into a plea bargain on a charge of sexual abuse. He had been having
sexual face-to-face conversations at school with and sending e-mails to
a 16-year-old student. He is now facing up to five years behind bars,
but he won't receive his sentencing until June 2014.
Apparently, the 16-year-old student's mother found e-mails to her daughter
from the teacher. The e-mails had been sent from his e-mail account at
school. It was at this time that the mother phoned police, and an investigation began.
The student spoke to investigators and informed them of everything. She
said that the teacher had asked if she would perform certain sexual acts.
However, no physical contact was ever made, and there is no solid evidence
that there would have been in the future. This is data that likely helped
prosecutors agree to no more than five years behind bars.
Although no criminal defense is needed in this man's case, individuals
in Maryland who have been accused of a sexual crime would do well to prepare
a strong criminal defense that makes every effort to prove one's innocence.
Before a judge hands down a sentence, he or she must take into consideration
a number of factors, from one's criminal history to any admittance
of guilt. It is also important for individuals who have been arrested
and charged with a sexual assault crime to remember that a conviction
is not the only potential outcome of criminal charges.
Source: The Washington Post,
Former Montgomery social studies teacher pleads guilty in sex-abuse case, Dan Morse, March 20, 2014