Recently, a San Angelo man who would have faced up to 20 years in prison had his sexual assault case gone to trial was sentenced to eight years probation. Daniel Armenta, 29, allegedly sexually assaulted a minor; he pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault of a child younger than 17 in a plea agreement that resulted in dismissal of an indecency with a child sexual contact charge.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in March last year when Armenta picked the girl up from a Mertzon school, then took her to his San Angelo home. The girl claims that at his residence, Armenta tried to become intimate with her, forcing his hand down her pants and assaulting her. She said that her efforts to remove his hand were unsuccessful. Armenta was arrested six days after the alleged sexual assault took place, and booked into jail where he has remained until his release on February 9.

The judge in the case asked the prosecutor how giving Armenta probation (deferred adjudication) was in the best interest of the victim, to which the prosecutor replied the girl’s family preferred she not appear in court and go through the trial process.

In addition to adhering to the terms of his probation, Armenta is required to register as a sex offender, perform 240 hours of community service, pay court fees, and remain in his home between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Should he violate probation, Armenta will face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Sexual assault is an extremely serious criminal offense. In the state of Michigan, sexual activity of any kind with a minor (younger than 16) is considered statutory rape. If the alleged victim is older than 13 but younger than 16, penalties for a conviction include a maximum of 15 years in prison. When the victim is younger than 13, it is considered a first-degree felony, leaving the offender facing possible life in prison if found guilty. In addition, those convicted will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years to life, depending on the age of the minor victim.

In many cases, such as the one above, a plea agreement is advantageous for the accused. However, most people who are not guilty of the crime they have been accused of do not want to plead guilty to something they did not do. When there is a complete lack of physical or other evidence, it may be best to go forth with a trial. Everything about sex-related criminal charges is risky, which is why it is essential to work with a highly skilled Michigan sex crimes attorney.

On February 1 it was announced Toronto police had arrested a man wanted in connection with what was called an alleged “historic” sex assault. 41-year-old Ryan McCombe, a tutor, is accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls who came to his home on various occasions between 2008 and 2014.

According to news reports, a 13-year-old girl went to a residence for math tutoring in 2008; she claims she was sexually assaulted by McCombe between June and September of that year. In a separate case, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by McCombe between September of 2012 and October of 2014 when she went to the residence for tutoring.

McCombe was charged in the 2008 case early last month; the second incident was revealed only recently, and police believe there may be other victims as well. While none of the allegations have been proven in court, he now faces criminal charges including sexual exploitation, possessing child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and two counts of sexual assault.

Cases of alleged sexual assault of minors by teacher, coaches, tutors, and others in positions of authority are quite common today. While some of the allegations are fact, others are not. In this case, why has it been almost eight years between the time the 13-year-old was sexually assaulted and the suspect’s arrest? Some younger victims never say anything at the time, only to reveal what was done to them when they become adults. In some cases, the accusations may be completely fabricated. It is extremely difficult to know whether a person who is accused of committing a sex-related offense is guilty or innocent, particularly when so much time has passed and there may be a complete lack of physical evidence. Many times it’s a case of “he said, she said.”

In Michigan, the criminal penalties for sexual assault and child pornography are extremely harsh. Not only may an individual face prison time and other punishment, he/she will also likely b required to register as a sex offender – sometimes for life. Being a known sex offender can literally ruin your life, dictating where you can or cannot work, live, and more. Even when a person is wrongly accused, he or she often lives under a cloud of suspicion.

Anyone in the Lansing or Detroit areas who has been arrested or is under investigation for sexual assault, rape, child pornography, or any related offense must contact a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately. It is vital to protect your legal rights, freedom, and future early on; do not wait.

In August of 2014, Troy Estree, at the time an Emmett Township police officer, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his home. Estree was placed on administrative leave following his arrest, his position terminated just three weeks ago. On January 27, a Calhoun County jury found Estree not guilty on the charges leveled against him.

The jury deliberated for three hours on Tuesday afternoon and more than six hours on Wednesday before reaching the not guilty decision. Estree, who is 46, was accused of raping a 15-year-old relative over the first eight months of 2014; he was charged with nine counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious charge in cases involving sex-related offenses. Had he been found guilty, Estree would have faced up to life in prison.

The alleged victim had been estranged from Estree for 13 years according to prosecutors, who said she was orally and anally assaulted while working to re-establish a relationship with Estree. The girl testified on the stand for five hours according to news reports, describing various assaults that the defense attorney found unbelievable. The girls said she was assaulted on a bench in Bridge Park during a ride-a-long while Estree was on duty, in a camper in the yard of his home, at his house where his wife, children, and other people were present, in the back of his patrol car, and more. The defense lawyer said that none of the stories made sense, that each scenario was a high-risk situation and added that in some instances the defendant would have been wearing his duty belt containing 25 lbs. of equipment.

Social media and text messages also played a vital role in the case, as Estree’s defense attorney urged jurors to pour over exhibits so they could find the “truth” in the context of the messages, e-mails, and other evidence prosecutors brought forth.

On Wednesday afternoon after 9 1/2 hours of deliberation, the jury found Estree not guilty on all nine counts. The jury was comprised of nine women and three men.

While we have to put our faith in the fact that the criminal justice system works and that Estree is indeed innocent of the charges, this is a classic example of what sometimes happens. Certainly underage girls are taken advantage of sexually in many cases, but there are also situations in which children (or even adults) make false allegations against others out of spite, anger, jealousy, or a multitude of other reasons. While we cannot know for certain whether a defendant is guilty or innocent without clear, undeniable physical evidence, many spend decades or even life behind bars for crimes they did not commit.

Anyone who is accused of a sex-related crimes must consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney. These cases are extremely complex; without a capable defense lawyer, the risk of a conviction is much greater. A conviction will result in severe punishment and life-changing consequences – don’t risk your reputation, freedom, and future.

Yesterday it was announced that James Smith, a P.E. Teacher and coach at a middle school in the Rockwall Independent School District, had been put on administrative leave while he is being investigated for the alleged sexual assault of a child.

According to the Dallas Morning News, an email was sent to parents informing them of the situation.  The email claims that Rowlett Police said no Rockwall ISD students, property, or schools are involved in the investigation.  A request by Dallas Morning News for comment from police on the matter was not addressed at the time the news story broke, and investigation details were unavailable.

Smith has been teaching in the Rockwall ISD for seven years according to the school’s website, and coached boys’ athletics.
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On December 27, a Bexar County detention officer allegedly forced a female inmate to have sex in the jail parking lot in a Sheriff’s Office van, according to news reports at Expressnews.com. 35-year-old Erick Montez has now been arrested and is facing termination.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the department had obtained surveillance footage that appears to support the female inmate’s allegations. She also said that Montez confessed after questioning by investigators.

Pamerleau said that in his employment capacity, Montez was responsible for transporting inmates and overseeing a housing unit. She called the sexual assault a “disgrace,” saying Montez not only violated the inmate, but the public’s trust. Pamerleau said in a recent news conference that the termination process for Montez was underway.

Montez began working at the Bexar County detention facility in 2008, and according to the sheriff had no prior complaints or disciplinary action against him. He is charged with violation of the civil rights of a person in custody, and felony sexual assault. The criminal affidavit states that Montez “forcefully had sexual intercourse with her” while on duty.

The policy is that when a female inmate is transported, a female deputy is present; Pamerleau said she did not know how it came to pass that Montez was transporting a female inmate during overnight hours by himself.

In San Antonio, sexual assault is considered a second-degree felony punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and prison time of two to 20 years depending on the facts of the case.

Sexual assault is a serious offense in every state; the punishment an accused person may face if convicted varies according to the state in which the offense occurred, the offender’s criminal history, age of the victim, and more. In Michigan, sexual assault may leave the accused facing a life prison term if penetration occurs and the victim is a minor.

Under the Michigan Penal Code, sexual assault is punished by degree; in other words, the age of the alleged victim, whether penetration occurred, whether the perpetrator was a person in a position of authority, and other factors determine to what degree a person will be punished. The most serious charge is first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which can result in a life prison sentence.

A conviction for any sex crime may result in imprisonment for any number of years, up to life. For many who are found guilty, the most serious consequence is being known as a sex offender, and the requirement to register as such. This will impact employment and housing opportunities, and often results in being shunned by society. Regardless of the allegations against you, it is imperative to have your legal rights and future protected to the greatest extent possible. Work with an aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer who is on your side, and will fight on your behalf.

Yesterday, an article at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed that a doctor at the West Penn Hospital has been accused of sexually assaulting a nurse at the facility. The incident allegedly took place on September 4 of last year.

According to the criminal complaint, the nurse agreed to have dinner with Dr. Entezam Asim Sahovic at a Shadyside restaurant. The victim told police that as they were driving to her home, she offered to let Sahovic sleep at her house that night because she felt he had drank too much to drive. The nurse claims that once the two were inside her home, the doctor told her repeatedly that he insisted on her sleeping with him. She claims to have replied “no” each time Sahovic made the suggestion before finally going to bed alone.

At some point during the night the nurse claimed she woke up to find Sahovic taking her clothes off and sexually assaulting her. She said that after falling back asleep and again waking, he was naked in the bed with her. The woman, whose name was not released, says that although the doctor professed his love to her in August of last year, she did not have an intimate relationship with him. She maintains Sahovic agreed to remain friends, and agreed the two would not have a sexual or intimate relationship.

Sahovic maintains that he has not done anything wrong. At the time of news reports, he had no further comment. He is charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

A conviction for sexual assault may result in life-changing consequences. For example, those found guilty may serve years in prison, and be required to register as a sex offender. While the punishment differs from state to state, in Michigan the penalties for sex offenses are extremely harsh. Not only may someone face a substantial portion of his or her life behind bars depending on the offense, a conviction often results in the ruin of a professional career person’s reputation, or even loss of a professional license.

Innocent people are accused every day of sexual assault and other crimes they did not commit. Regardless of the facts of your case, consult with a highly experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney who will fight to win your freedom and protect your future.

In May of this year, 30-year-old Christopher Lee, a former dean’s assistant at St. Charles North christopher-leeHigh School was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse after engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl at the school.  Lee has pleaded not guilty.  Now his attorney has filed a motion which seeks to allow Lee to assert a mistake-of-age defense.  He is currently free on $50,000 bail.

In Illinois, the legal age of consent is 17, he age the alleged victim was at the time.  Lee’s attorney maintains the case stems from “consensual sex,” however his client is currently unable to use the mistake-of-age defense due to the fact he allegedly committed the crimes he is charged with while in a “position of trust.”  When a case involves a teacher, school employee, or someone who is considered to be in a position of trust, authority, or supervision, the age of consent rises to 18.
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In July of this year, an Australian man, 24-year-old Kurt Graham, was arrested for allegedly following a woman home from a bar in Dallas and then raping her. In a recent news report at The Dallas Morning News, charges against Graham have now been dropped, although the reason for dismissal was not revealed.

Initially, the alleged victim claimed that she and a roommate were at an Uptown bar when Graham approached the women and bought them drinks. The affidavit stated the woman said Graham then started making “unwanted advances,” although she rejected them. At approximately 3 a.m., the woman and her roommate took a cab to their Knox-Henderson neighborhood home, with Graham also entering the cab to get a ride although he had not been given permission to ride with the women, according to the victim. Graham and the two women were delivered to the woman’s address.

The woman then claimed that Graham forced his way into the house after chasing her, then raped her on her bed. She claims she told him to stop repeatedly, and was eventually able to escape to call 911. She reportedly kicked him in the stomach; he was unconscious in the bed when police arrived at the scene.

Graham has maintained he is innocent of the allegations since the case began. Charges were dropped on November 28, with Graham’s lawyer saying that her client was relieved the nightmare was over. He is now back in Australia.

While we don’t know the circumstances surrounding the sexual assault charge against Graham being dropped, there are countless situations in which innocent people are accused of sex crimes they did not commit. In cases such as this one, those involved may have too much to drink, engage in sexual activity, with one of the participants later claiming sexual assault or rape when it was actually consensual.

If you have been wrongly accused of sexual assault, rape, or any sex-related offense it is critical to your freedom and future to consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes lawyer. In Michigan, those found guilty of rape (charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct) may face penalties that include a life prison term, depending on the circumstances.

Recently, 40-year-old Michael Goodwin of Swedesboro, NJ was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old child. According to news reports, the male victim is the child of Goodwin’s girlfriend who lives in Haverford Township, PA where the offense occurred.

A confidential investigation began about one week ago; according to police, Goodwin was a part-time caretaker for the child. The alleged sexual assault took place at the victim’s home. Goodwin is now facing criminal charges that include indecent assault of a person younger than 13, aggravated indecent assault of a child, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.

News reports do not reveal what led Haverford Township Police to begin investigating the case. Goodwin remained in the Delaware County Jail at last news reports after being unable to post $75,000 cash bail.

In PA, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child is a first-degree felony offense. Essentially, it is the rape of a victim who is younger than 13. Regardless of what state a person allegedly commits this sex offense in, it is extremely serious.

In the state of Michigan, someone charged with having sexual intercourse with a child may face life in prison if found guilty. 1st degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious charge a person may face in Michigan, and involves sexual penetration along with other factors, one of which the victim is under 13 years of age.

Sexual assault cases are sometimes extremely tough to prosecutor, particularly if there is a lack of physical evidence. Children are sexually abused every day; at the same time, people are frequently convicted of serious sex crimes they did not commit. Criminal defendants have a right to a fair trial. In cases such as this, a defendant may be innocent however his/her freedom, reputation, and career may be in jeopardy.

Regardless of the circumstances, it is imperative anyone who has been accused of sexually assaulting a child consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately. Those who are facing loss of their freedom must have a strong advocate who will fight for the best possible result, and provide legal guidance throughout a very frightening and stressful process.

A Charlotte, NC doctor has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly assaulting three women during medical exams, according to a recent news report at ABC 11. iStock_000006220072_Double (2)

Dr. Mario Hernandez has been accused of assaulting the women at his office located in the 800 block of Arrowood Road. He is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual offense in connection with the incidents, which began in May. The first woman who was allegedly assaulted on May 6 reported the assault on Friday, December 4 after two other women came forward. One of the women reported on November 25 that upon going to the doctor’s facility for a medical examination, she was sexually assaulted. Another woman reported the same experience on November 30. All three women reported the incidents to police.

The three women claimed Hernandez fondled them during exams, however according to the doctor’s attorney, Hernandez strongly denies the allegations and will fight them in court. Hernandez has no criminal history and a clean record, according to reports.

Hernandez turned himself in voluntarily after the Sexual Assault Unit detectives launched an investigation into the women’s claims of sexual assault. He was released from jail on his own recognizance after posting a $52,500 bond. According to the NC Medical Board, there have been no prior complaints against Hernandez.

In North Carolina, second-degree sexual offense is a Class C Felony charge that involves engaging in a sexual act with another individual against that person’s will, forcefully, or under other conditions. If convicted, the criminal penalties include 58 to 73 months in prison.

Allegations of sexual misconduct are serious in every state. In Michigan, a conviction for sexual assault may result in a substantial number of years in prison, or even life depending on the circumstances. Hefty fines are also common, and in most cases those convicted will be placed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry. For many people found guilty of sexual assault, being a registered sex offender is sometimes worse than the time spent in jail. Sex offenders are stigmatized by society, have trouble finding employment, and cannot always choose where they want to live. Registered sex offenders also have little to no privacy, as all of their personal information is listed on the sex offender registry for anyone who has an interest to find.

Michigan sex crimes attorneys know how easy it is for someone to falsely accuse another person of a sex crime. Unfortunately, there are many people in prisons across the U.S. today serving time for crimes they did not commit. If you have been accused of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, or any related offense it is imperative to choose an experienced and capable sex crime defense lawyer who will work diligently to secure the best possible result.