A now former deputy of the Marion County Sheriff faced a double whammy recently when his superiors both fired him from his position and arrested him. He was held on charges of sexual misconduct with a service provider and also official misconduct.
People in Indianapolis probably can guess that a person who gets accused under Indiana law of certain sex crimes, including things like child molesting or rape, are in very serious trouble.
It can be frightening for an Indianapolis resident to face a sex crime charge in front of a state court. Under Indiana law, sex offenses are taken very seriously and, depending on the offense, can land a person in prison for decades. They also can mean strict terms of probation as well as fines and other repercussions. Additionally, especially if one must register as a sex offender, it may be extremely hard to find a job or even to find a place where one can legally live.
Indiana's laws against child molesting and other offenses that are under the age of consent are actually quite broad. They of course cover sexual intercourse and related behavior, but they also apply to other forms of conduct that could, depending on the context, also be innocent behavior.
A man who was at one point in charge of training aspiring basketball players in the Indianapolis area has now been accused of sexually abusing girls who were his students. According to reports, he was able to post a $25,000 bond in lieu of staying in jail while his case is being decided.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, getting convicted of one of Indiana's sex crimes is always a serious affair. Not only will a person likely face the very real threat of prison time, a conviction for a sex crime could also mean hefty fines and very strict terms of probation which can include mandatory counseling and even curfews.
Allegations of sexual assault in Indiana can be very serious. Even being charged with a sex crime can carry a stigma that may lead the public to presume guilt, even before a trial is completed. This could be very damaging to a person's personal and professional reputation. It is important to understand some defense arguments that could be presented against allegations of sexual assault.
Whether it is through a social networking platform, a chat room or an instant messaging program, there are numerous ways for a person in Indiana to communicate with someone else through the Internet. For most people, this is generally not a legal issue. However, if a person is prohibited from using the Internet to communicate with certain persons, and has previously been convicted of a sex crime, should they use the Internet to communicate with other people they could be criminally charged.
An allegation of a sex crime is one of the most serious criminal charges a resident of the greater Indianapolis area can face. In the strict sense of the term, any sex crime in Indiana carries with it the possibility of felony conviction.
While it might not be talked about too publicly, the reality is that so-called sexting among high schoolers, college students and other teens and young adults is fairly common.