sex crimes are serious and are typically prosecuted to the fullest extent possible
under the law. The stakes are even greater when the alleged victims are
children. A Maryland man, who is also a theater owner, was arrested and
charged with sex crimes after alleged sexual assaults.
The man was arrested in mid-December. The arrest came after he allegedly
attempted to meet with a teenage boy with the intent of engaging in sexual
activities. The individual he thought was a teen was actually a lw enforcement
officer. Following the arrest, an individual claimed to authorities that
the man sexually assaulted him back in 2010 during music practice.
Reportedly, the man tricked the individual into coming to his home for
music coaching. In addition, authorities assert that he engaged in inappropriate
sexual activity with approximately 50 minors over an extended period of
time. Authorities report that a search of the accused man's home revealed
that he was in possession of child pornography and sex toys.
The man surely has a number of consequences ahead of him if convicted,
including the possible loss of his freedom. Nevertheless, just because
he was formally charged does not mean he is actually guilty of criminal
conduct. He has the right to be heard in front of a jury of his peers
in a Maryland criminal courtroom. Furthermore, prosecutors will need to
provide a compelling amount of evidence that these sex crimes were committed
before a conviction to be obtained. The defendant has every right to challenge
specific items of evidence as well as to confront his accusers in court
while fighting for a result that is in his individual best interests.
Source: New York Daily News, "Md. theater owner solicited, groomed boys for sex: police", Nina Golgowski, Feb. 2, 2015