On Wednesday, April 22, 78-year-old Henry Rayhons of Iowa who is a farmer and former Republican state legislator was found not guilty of charges that he sexually abused his wife, Donna Rayhons, while she was in a nursing home and suffered from Alzheimer’s. Staff members at the nursing home had advised Rayhons that his wife was cognitively not able to consent to sexual relations. Had Rayhons been found guilty of sexual abuse, he would have faced up to 10 years in prison, according to a news article at the New York Times. wedding-rings-1060980-m

By all accounts, Rayhons and his wife had a mutually loving relationship. In fact, workers at the nursing home said that Donna Rayhons was always happy to see her husband. In court, Henry Rayhons testified that his wife had on occasion initiated sexual contact, however on the date in question no sexual contact had been made. Rayhons was accused of sexually abusing his wife in May of last year, after he drew a curtain around his wife’s side of the room in a shared room at the nursing home. He testified that all that occurred was kissing and holding hands.

Rayhons told the prosecutor in the case that he assumed that someone had the capacity to consent to something if he/she asked for it. He also said that on occasion, his wife would put her hands in his pants and fondle him. Donna Rayhons was 78 years old when she died in August of last year. Henry was arrested following her funeral. The couple married in 2007 after meeting at church, where they both sang in the choir.

Mrs. Rayhons roommate at the nursing home, 86-year-old Polly Schoneman, said that she “heard noises” after Mr. Rayhon pulled the curtain around his wife’s bed that made her uncomfortable, although she was not sure the noises were of a sexual nature. A rape kit used in examination at a hospital did not reveal that Mrs. Rayhons suffered any injury, and did not provide proof of intercourse.

Michigan sex crime attorneys understand that even when a couple is married, one partner may be charged with a sex crime when the alleged “victim” is cognitively impaired and therefore unable to give consent. In Michigan, a person may be charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct when penetration occurs, and the alleged victim is mentally incapable and suffers personal injury. This is a life offense in the state, as someone who is found guilty may be sentenced to up to life in prison.

As in this case, matters regarding sexual relations between spouses can be extremely sensitive. Regardless of whether the charges you face involve a spouse, partner, or even a complete stranger, it is critical to work with a highly experienced Michigan sex crimes lawyer who will protect your legal rights, and develop a solid legal strategy in an effort to minimize the damage to your life.

Recently, two Troy University students were arrested in regards to a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in March over spring break at Panama City Beach in Florida, according to an article at the New York Times. southern-serenity-1416648-m

News reports claim a 19-year-old woman who was incapacitated and believed she had been drugged was sexually assaulted as hundreds of beach goers looked on. The two men who were arrested include 23-year-old Ryan Austin Calhoun or Mobile, AL, and 22-year-old Delonte Martistee of Bainbridge, GA. Sheriff Frank McKeithen said that they were also searching for two more people, a third man they believed may have been involved in the “gang-rape-type attack,” and a fourth person whose role was not specified.

The alleged victim said that she did not recall the assault clearly enough to report it, as she believed she had been drugged. Authorities learned of the sexual assault after a video of the assault captured on a cell phone was discovered while investigating another incident. The video was then sent by Troy police to the sheriff’s office in Florida. After reviewing the cell phone video, authorities identified the woman and determined the sexual assault occurred behind the Spinnaker Beach Club. Calhoun and Martistee were being extradited to Bay County, where the sexual assault took place.

Officials were left curious about how much illegal activity occurs over spring break, given that hundreds of bystanders witnessed the sexual assault and no one reported it. Sexual assault among college age students has increased dramatically in recent years, a fact that concerns many.

There are also occasions on which individuals are falsely accused of sexual assault, rape, and other crimes. Regardless of the circumstances, it is vital that anyone arrested or under investigation for sexual assault consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney immediately. Sex crimes are some of the most serious, and have lasting negative consequences for those found guilty. A conviction could mean loss of freedom, and ruin of your reputation, career, and relationships.

Recently, a 25-year-old woman who visited a Massage Envy location in Los Angeles claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the 67-year-old massage therapist giving her a massage. physical-therapy-882275-m

According to a news article at CBS, the massage therapist, Gary Sperling, was arrested on single counts of lewd act on a dependent adult, and sodomy of an incompetent person. Sperling has worked at several Massage Envy locations over a nine-year time period, according to detectives. The company claims there has never in the past been a complaint filed against Sterling.

Sterling was held on $100,000 bail in Ventura according to the news report. Massage Envy said that each franchisee is required to perform reference and criminal background checks. In addition, the franchise said that training is required prior to employment as a licensed massage therapist, and that the training specifically covers Massage Envy’s Zero Tolerance Policy regarding inappropriate conduct.

Neighbors were surprised at the news, saying that Sperling and his wife were “nice,” and that they were shocked because he doesn’t seem the type to engage in such conduct.

The incident allegedly occurred on April 4; Sperling was interviewed on April 8 regarding the incident, and arrested.

Michigan sex crime lawyers know how easy it is for someone to wrongly accuse another person of committing a sex-related crime, although the details of this story are not clear. Perhaps a crime was committed, or perhaps not. Hopefully the criminal justice system will work the way it is supposed to in this case, and justice will be served regardless of whether the suspect is guilty or innocent.

Anyone who is accused of sexual assault, child molestation, or other sex crimes should consult with a highly experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately. It is vital your legal rights are protected, and a legal strategy developed to protect your freedom. A conviction for a sex crime will result not only in loss of freedom, but ruin of your reputation and career.

Recently, a male teacher at Freeport Area High School was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female student who attended the school, according to news reports at Triblive.com. The high school is in the Sarver, Buffalo Township area in PA. According to state police, the teacher allegedly sexually assaulted the girl between August of last year and January of this year, although the student has now told authorities that no sexual assault occurred. apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

Initially, authorities in Buffalo Township began investigating the allegations, however turned the investigation over to state police after learning that the alleged sexual assault was thought to have taken place in South Buffalo Township. Police were not able to substantiate claims regarding the sexual assault of the student through other interviews they conducted.

The teacher, who was not named in the news article, was removed from the classroom as the investigation continued, however he remains on leave although the alleged victim claims that the sexual assault never occurred. Chris DeVivo, District Superintendent, said that the teacher is not currently back in the classroom, and that he was not aware of the state police news release regarding the student claiming no sexual assault took place.

While it is impossible to know at this point whether the sexual assault did or did not occur, this is a prime example of how innocent individuals are accused of crimes, perhaps wrongly. It is easy for people to make false claims regarding sexual assault, and unfortunately, this can result in an innocent individual being subject to severe criminal penalties if found guilty.

Sex crimes are a serious matter; punishment may include not only jail/prison time, but required registration as a sex offender in most cases. Ultimately, a person may lose not only his/her freedom and career, but suffer a damaged reputation as well. Anyone who has been accused of sexual assault, rape, child pornography, or any sex crime should consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately.

Jon Ira Dalton, a 67-year-old Newaygo man who is accused of molesting four students on his first day as a substitute teacher at Kent City Elementary is mulling over a plea offer from prosecutors, according to a recent news article at Mlive.com. end-of-a-session-164620-m

Dalton is charged with four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, after he allegedly touched four elementary-age girls in an inappropriate manner. He waived his probable cause hearing on Wednesday, March 18.

News reports claim that Dalton touched fifth-grade girls over their clothes, touching some on their buttocks and private areas. The girls told investigators with the Children’s Assessment Center their stories, which led to his arrest. The alleged victims are all younger than 13 years of age, which is why Dalton is charged with felony second-degree CSC as opposed to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. If he does not take the plea offer and is found guilty of the charges against him, he will face up to 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors would allow Dalton to plead guilty to one charge rather than four, which would make it possible for the young girls to avoid testifying at trial. Dalton pleaded not guilty, however in order to keep the plea offer active, waived his right to a preliminary examination.

Dalton has been terminated by the school, and is free on $25,000 bond. According to news sources, he does not have a prior criminal record.

Allegations of sexual assault or molestation are extremely serious. Not only do those accused face possible prison time if found guilty, most are required to register as sex offenders. In many cases, individuals are falsely accused of sex-related crimes, although there is no doubt that many children and adults are the victims of sex crimes every day.

If you have been charged with a sex-related offense involving children, molestation, child pornography, Internet sex crime, or any similar offense, contact an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately. You must take quick action to protect not only your legal rights, but your freedom, career, and reputation as well.

On Monday, March 9, 23-year-old Kevin Motyka of Howell Township, NJ pleaded guilty to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old boy between May and December of 2012. Motyka pleaded guilty to child endangerment, aggravated sexual assault, and other charges. He also reportedly recorded the sexual assault on the toddler. Michigan High Court Considers the Term “Possession of Child Pornography” Pic

In 2014, prosecutors received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding Motyka’s actions; he was then arrested.

In all, Motyka pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child by causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and distributing child pornography. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct with a child, according to a news article at the Howell Patch. Motyka also allegedly distributed child pornography including images that were of other children and not the toddler he is accused of sexually assaulting.

Motyka is scheduled to be sentenced in Monmouth County Superior Court on June 5, and faces 13 years in state prison under the terms of his plea agreement. He will also be under supervised release when he is freed from prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender. Motyka will serve a minimum of 11 years, two months, and 20 days of his 13 year sentence pursuant to the No Early Release Act.

In the state of New Jersey, aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime considered the most serious of all sex crimes; it carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The state of Michigan is extremely harsh on those who are found guilty of sex-related offenses. For instance, a person who is convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a crime which involves penetration, may face up to life in prison. When the offense involves a person younger than 13, the mandatory minimum prison sentence is 25 years.

A conviction for a sex crime can take away your freedom, ruin your reputation, and sabotage your career as well as future employment opportunities. In addition, if you are required to register as a sex offender (and you likely will be) you will be shunned or “looked down upon” by society, and be unable to live anywhere of your choosing. Many people are wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit. Regardless of your situation, consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney.

On Tuesday March 3, 31-year-old Dinis Oliveira, a Sheriff’s officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, turned himself in after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by Oliveira in her home. According to a news article at NJ.com, the assault took place over the weekend. The woman contacted authorities on Saturday, claiming that the man who came to her home said he was a law enforcement officer. She complied with his demands before reporting the sexual assault to police. light-1-714566-m

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray did not reveal details of the alleged assault, however upon turning himself in, Oliveira was charged with one count each of fourth-degree criminal coercion, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree sexual misconduct. According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Oliveira was not on duty and not in uniform when the alleged assault took place. Oliveira has been suspended without pay, and had joined the Sheriff’s Department in June of last year after working for about one year as a volunteer deputy sheriff’s officer.

At the time of news reports, authorities were still investigating the incident. Oliveira was held on a $200,000 bond with no 10% option.

Individuals who are convicted of sexual assault, rape, or similar crimes face serious consequences, including possible imprisonment which means loss of freedom. In New Jersey, sexual assault is a second-degree offense which carries up to 10 years in prison. However, the penalties an individual will face if found guilty of various sex crimes vary from state to state. For example, in the state of Michigan first-degree criminal sexual conduct involves penetration, and carries a maximum life prison term.

For many facing these types of charges, the worst punishment of all is being labeled a sex offender or “sexual predator.” This label affects every area of an individual’s life, and can ruin his/her reputation and standing in the community. Depending on the severity of the crime, the offender may be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life.

Regardless of the circumstances you face, a seasoned Michigan sex crimes attorney will work vigorously to protect your freedom, prevent a conviction, apprise you of your legal options, and reach positive results. You are innocent until proven guilty, so it is vital to work with a skilled and aggressive lawyer.

On Tuesday, February 24, 28-year-old Eric Devin Masters appeared in court on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged rape of an 18-month-old toddler in 2012. Masters is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at a Byron Township motel over an eight-day period in 2012, and recording the assaults on video. Masters is considered a “sexual predator” by authorities, and was investigated by the FBI for sexually exploiting children between 2011 and 2013 in several Michigan counties. laptop-computers-1446068-m

According to a news article at WZZM13, Masters waived his probable cause hearing and was bound over to court. He was on probation for a sexual assault in Ionia County in 2013 when he was arrested, and had pleaded guilty in September of last year to other felony sex charges. Authorities said that it appears Masters does not stay in one place very long, and that he has addresses in numerous cities in Michigan. He had also been jailed earlier this month on sexual assault charges in Muskegon County.

News sources also reveal that Masters had produced sexually explicit material of children and posted the materials to the Internet, and was indicted on those charges in June.

Currently, Masters is held on a $250,000 bond and no trial date has been set for the rape charges. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Michigan sex crime attorneys know that there are individuals who commit horrendous crimes against children, and who truly are predators. In some circumstances, offenders deserve to be locked behind bars for years, or even for life. However, there are many occasions on which innocent individuals are accused of sexual crimes they did not commit. For example, a child may be coerced to fabricate a story by a parent who wants revenge against the other, or who is seeking sole custody of the children. Someone may claim he/she was sexually assaulted by another person when both had had too much to drink, and the sexual act was actually consensual.

There are many facts to every case that must be thoroughly reviewed and investigated. If you have been wrongly accused of rape or any offense that is sexual in nature, consult with an experienced Michigan sex crime defense lawyer immediately. The penalties for a conviction are extremely harsh; you must take action to protect your legal rights and freedom.

In late March of 2014, Evan Reed, who was then pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, allegedly sexually assaulted a 45-year-old woman in a MotorCity Casino hotel room. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, charges that were dismissed against the 28-year-old Reed in August of last year. Since that time, prosecutors have appealed the dismissal and rape charges have been reinstated against Reed, who is now facing trial. baseball-and-glove-over-white-1155890-m

Reed is no longer with the Detroit Tigers, however he is scheduled for trial in the alleged rape of the victim following a night of drinking at bars in the Royal Oak area. Prosecutors allege that Reed had non-consensual sex with the woman, who claims that she has no memory of what took place after she met the defendant at a Royal Oak bar.

According to a news article at Mlive.com, the couple went to a casino hotel after they finished drinking, where a surveillance video captured the alleged victim falling to the ground before Reed carried her inside. The judge who dismissed the charges against Reed earlier said that there appeared to be nothing wrong with the victim’s gait when she left the hotel just hours later as she descended six flights of stairs. Wayne County District Judge Kenneth King, who dismissed the case last August, said the woman did not appear incapacitated as she left the casino hotel.

Prosecutors did not present semen or rape kit evidence. Reed denies the allegations against him, maintaining that he did not sexually assault the woman in the hotel room as she claims he did.

Rape is a very serious charge, and unfortunately there are cases such as this one in which it is difficult to know what really happened. When drinking is involved, an individual’s memory may be severely impaired. The alleged victim said that she doesn’t remember what happened. Was the sex consensual, and is Reed innocent?

Michigan sex crime attorneys know that many of these types of cases are complex; getting to the real truth can be difficult. Regardless, those convicted of rape or other sex offenses face serious criminal penalties that often include years behind bars, or even life in some cases. The requirement to register as a sex offender is often the most damaging punishment of all.

If you have been accused of rape or any sex offense, consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately who will begin work to limit the damage and protect your legal rights and freedom.

On Tuesday evening, February 3, a Minnesota woman who is described in news reports as a “good Samaritan” was allegedly sexually assaulted and physically attacked by the man she pulled over to help along I-35 northbound near Esko, according to news reports at the Grand Forks Herald. starting-the-car-1194812-m

The incident took place between 10 and 11 p.m. when the woman pulled off the interstate to help a man whose Ford F-150 truck was apparently broken down. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the truck was a 2003 model with and extended cab and black “matte” paint, with low profile tires and large black matte color wheels. The woman was allegedly attacked when she stopped to help the man, who is described as a white male with a medium build, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with brown hair and a short beard. At the time of the attack, he was wearing blue jeans, black work boots, and a black Carhartt hoodie.

In an updated news report, authorities had released a sketch of the man they believe sexually assaulted and attacked the woman. Any potential witnesses have been asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 218-384-9520.

While news articles do not describe the sexual assault of the woman, in Michigan sexual assault includes any type of sexual behavior, contact, or penetration that is non-consensual, or in other words not agreed to by the victim. Sexual assault may involve forced penetration, what many refer to as rape, or it may involve touching or fondling of breasts, buttocks, inner thighs, the groin, or even the clothing that covers these areas of the body.

If the suspect in the above case did actually rape the woman, he may be facing extremely serious charges when found. In the state of Michigan, rape, a crime that is charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, carries a potential life prison term for those convicted. Factors such as age also play a role in the crime an individual may be charged with.

Regardless of the degree of the crime (first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct), those who are convicted face being labeled a sex offender by society, and often must register as a sex offender. This can impact an individual’s career, where they may live, and more.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is vital to consult with a highly skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney. Your freedom, legal rights, and reputation are at risk. There are legal options which may be effective in limiting the damage to your life, and you are innocent until proven guilty. Take the first step, and speak with an experienced defense lawyer whose ultimate goal is to protect you from harsh criminal penalties.