Ruben Carerra, a 27-year-old Houston police officer who has worked at Central Command since 2012, was recently charged with sexual assault of a child after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Carerra admitted to the accusations, saying that he and the girl had a “dating relationship.” police-cruiser-1066864-m

The alleged victim works at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant, where co-workers reported the relationship after witnessing Carerra picking up the girl at the restaurant and leaving in his patrol car. One co-worker said that they came in like a “normal couple.”

The alleged victim told investigators that she and Carerra went a lot further than kissing, and that on one occasion, he answered a radio call while in his uniform. The girl told authorities while being interviewed that she and Carerra were lying on her bed kissing, and that he asked her if she wanted to do “it.” She claims that she declined having sex, but that he sexually assaulted her.

Neighbors of the girl said they would notice a police care parked at the girl’s home for hours, and at first believed there was a criminal investigation going on.

Carrera was relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the case. He was freed on a $50,000 bond.

Even when a minor agrees to a sexual relationship with someone who is older, those under a certain age cannot lawfully give consent. Even though the alleged victim in this situation was clearly having a romantic relationship with the police officer, it is unlawful for an adult to engage in sexual relations with someone who is underage.

If found guilty of he charges, Carrera could spend up to 20 years in prison under Texas law.

In Michigan, the age at which someone can consent to sexual relations is 16. This means that any adult who engages in sexual relations with a minor younger than 16, even if the minor agrees, can be charged with statutory rape. When the minor is older than 13 but younger than 16, the offender may face up to 15 years if convicted.

Regardless of the situation, all sex crimes are serious, and punished severely for those convicted. If you have been accused of statutory rape, Internet sex crimes, or any related offense, the best defense is to hire a capable and skilled Michigan sex crime defense attorney.

On Sunday morning November 16, Eli Bronson Burdette was arraigned on sexual assault charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Friday night at the Peninsular Place apartments in Ypsilanti, according to a news article at Mlive.com. athletic-tracks-3-1347223-m

Burdette, who is a track athlete at Eastern Michigan University, has been charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of first-degree CSC, which involve penetration. Police were notified of the sexual assault on Saturday morning, after the alleged victim was able to leave her apartment. She alleges that following the sexual assault she was prevented from leaving her apartment, but once Burdette left, she notified police.

Burdette lives in the same apartment complex as the victim; he was arrested without incident. Police reports indicated that the sexual assault took place sometime between 11:30 p.m. Friday evening and 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Burdette competes in throws at EMU and is a full time student. Following the charges, he was suspended from the track team indefinitely, pending the outcome of the case. His preliminary exam has been set for November 25.

News reports do not indicate whether Burdette was a friend of the alleged victim’s, or why he was at her apartment. An experienced Michigan sex crime defense attorney would thoroughly investigate to learn of any possible relationship between the two, and if the sexual activity may have been consensual. There is no doubt that sexual assault is a crime that is committed with alarming frequency, however there are also many instances in which an innocent person is accused of rape after engaging in consensual sexual activity.

Anyone who is accused of sexual assault, indecent exposure, possession of child pornography, or any similar offense must take action immediately to protect your freedom and legal rights. Contact a skilled and aggressive criminal defense lawyer who is highly experienced and capable in the area of sex crimes to ensure the best possible result in your case.

On Wednesday, November 12, a 37-year-old Jackson County woman was found guilty of five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for helping her husband, who was sentenced to a minimum of 60 years in prison in December, sexually assault the couple’s 3-year-old girl. The names of the man and woman were not released in order to protect the identity of the victim, who shares her parent’s last name. An Attorney's Guide to a Career in Law Pic

The woman was originally charged with seven counts of first-degree CSC on the theory that she aided and abetted her husband in committing the acts of sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree CSC as part of a plea deal offered by the prosecution in exchange for his testimony against his wife, who he claimed knew about the sexual assault, and even assisted with at times.

In an interview with Blackman-Leoni public safety Detectives Joseph Merritt and Sgt. Christopher Boulter, the woman described numerous abusive acts that took place between October of 2012 and May of 2013, when the family resided at a hotel in Blackman Township. Jurors watched the interview, which was six hours long.

Testimony by the defendant’s husband, investigators, and a licensed forensic psychologist helped form the decision of the jury. The woman will now face a minimum of 25 years for each charge; she is scheduled to be sentenced on January 7 by Jackson County Circuit Judge John G. McBain.

Michigan sex crime attorneys understand that there are people who commit horrendous acts against victims, sometimes their own children. While this abuse is absolutely unacceptable, there are also individuals who are wrongly accused of committing rape, child molestation, or other sex offenses. It happens every day in our country. Allegations of sexual abuse of children are not uncommon, especially in situations where one parent or the other is trying to gain full custody of the children, or in situations where someone attempts to get revenge or “pay back” someone else. People can be deceitful and purposely ruin others’ lives when it suits their purpose.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, an Internet sex crime, or any related offense, it is critical that you take action immediately to protect your legal rights, freedom, and reputation. A conviction for a sex crime will ruin your reputation forever, and possibly your career. Contact a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense lawyer who will begin work on your case today.

In January, we wrote about Sarah M. Raymo, a Bay City middle school teacher who had been accused of having sex with a student who was between the ages of 13 and 16. Raymo eventually pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct; she had initially been charged with four counts of first-degree CSC, the most serious of all sex crimes. Prosecutors dismissed these charges in exchange for Raymo’s pleas. Now, a judge has sentenced 32-year-old Raymo to a minimum of 7 years and six months in prison, an upward departure from state sentencing guidelines. apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

Raymo knew when she entered her guilty pleas to third-degree criminal sexual conduct that she would spend four years and nine months in prison, however the judge decided to use the higher end of the sentencing guidelines, calling Raymo’s actions a “horrendous crime.” She was sentenced on Monday to 7 years 6 months to 15 years in prison.

Raymo has no prior convictions, and according to her defense attorney the facts of the case do not constitute predatory conduct. Reyes said that using a classroom journal, the alleged victim initiated sexual conversations with Raymo, which then led to text messaging conversations. He said that while the alleged victim cannot consent to sexual intercourse, he could be capable of initiating conversations that were sexual in nature.

Bay County Chief Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidt said in sentencing Raymo that, “Taking everything into consideration and including the fact that you violated the trust placed in you as a teacher of students, particularly the age of these students – we’re talking about eighth grade – the higher end of the guidelines is appropriate.”

The teen victim said that he and Raymo had sex on six to eight occasions and that some of the encounters took place in her Essexville home, while others occurred in the classroom.

In Michigan, a person who is 13 but younger than 16 cannot lawfully give consent to engage in sexual acts with an adult, however this does not prevent a young teenager from initiating the contact. Clearly, the teacher in this case should have refrained from the behavior she allegedly engaged in, however she now faces a substantial number of years in prison, more than she anticipated prior to pleading guilty due to the judge’s upward departure from sentencing guidelines.

If you have been accused of having sexual relations with a minor or student, child molestation, child pornography, or any crime of a sexual nature, take action immediately to protect your freedom, reputation, and future. Consult with a highly skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense lawyer.

Recently, 61-year-old William Miller was charged with sexual assault in connection with an assault that is reported to have taken place about a decade ago on a farm, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Miller is a part-time youth minister at St. Catherine Parish in Ravenna and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Conklin, although authorities say that the alleged sexual assault is not related to his church activities. He has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious sex charge of all. red-barn-on-farm-1423314-m

The alleged victim came forward a few weeks ago, however authorities would not say what compelled her to come forward when she did, only that it was not “unusual” for victims of sex crimes to wait for years before coming forward. According to the alleged victim, the sexual assault took place while she was working on a farm.

While the alleged sexual assault did not involve church related activities or church property, Miller has been suspended from his position as youth minister after church officials heard the news. Miller had been a youth minister in the two parishes he grew up in for about seven years; he lives in the Conklin are on Rolling Acres Farm.

Miller posted bail and was released from jail last week. He was ordered to have no contact with farm employees younger than age 18.

Why did the alleged victim come forward ten years later, and are the allegations true? These are just two of the questions Michigan sex crime attorneys would demand answers to in defending an individual accused of sexual assault. When substantial time has passed since an alleged crime occurred, any concrete evidence may be gone forever. It is extremely difficult to uncover the truth when so much time has passed.

Regardless of what really happened or whether Miller has been wrongly accused, it is imperative that anyone who is accused of sexual assault or rape obtain the legal guidance of a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately. The criminal penalties for those found guilty are extremely harsh, and may include up to life in prison depending on the offense. It is vital to take immediate action in an effort to protect your freedom and reputation.

Recently, 35-year-old Chad Gregory Earnest of Roosevelt Park was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a mental-health client he had been the case manager for over the last year. Earnest, a case manager at CMH (Community Health Services) of Muskegon County, has now been placed on unpaid leave. mental-health-series-466728-m

Under Michigan penal code 750.520e, it is unlawful for a professional in the mental health field to have sexual contact with a client. According to an article at Mlive.com, Earnest picked the female client up in late October and made sexual comments to her while driving around in his vehicle. The two allegedly had sexual contact on at least two occasions.

In this case, prosecutors only have to prove that a professional/client relationship existed; it does not have to be proven that the woman did not consent to sexual contact. News reports indicate that the woman told her counselor about the incidents, who then informed Muskegon police. Matthew Kacel, the defendant’s attorney, said that his client is a well-respected member of the local mental health community.

Earnest’s next appearance in court will be for a probable cause hearing, which is set for November 12.

Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct is a high-court misdemeanor that does not involve penetration. The maximum punishment for those convicted is two years in prison.

Michigan sex crime attorneys understand that in cases such as this, possible time behind bars is not the only consequence those found guilty face. Professionals who work in a capacity such as Earnest may face ruin of their careers and reputation. When an individual works in an atmosphere where individuals have mental issues, it is often difficult to know whether the allegations are true, or fabricated.

Any allegations of sexual misconduct should be taken seriously, regardless of the circumstances. If you have been accused of sexual touching or something more serious including rape, it is critical to consult with a seasoned Michigan sex crime lawyer who will develop an aggressive defense and work to protect your legal rights and freedom.

On October 17, 22-year-old Symone Greene allegedly performed oral sex on an 11th grade student behind a teacher’s desk while students were attending a pep rally, according to a news article at Afro.com. This was Greene’s first day on the job as a substitute teacher at a Washington, D.C. public charter school. She was hired through a contracting company based in Delaware, according to school officials. apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

Greene has been charged with first-degree sexual assault against a minor in a significant relationship. According to the report, the male student and Greene sent text messages to one another and “flirted” before the assault took place. The boy, who is 17 and a football player at the school, reportedly returned to class as the pep rally was coming to an end and asked her to perform oral sex, which she did according to the warrant.

Court documents indicate that the student recorded the encounter on his phone without Greene’s knowledge. He later showed the recording to a friend and his fellow teammates. At her court appearance last week, Greene pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is due back in court on November 18.

Sexual relationships between a teacher and a student are punished severely in the state of Michigan. In fact, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious charge in the state, involves penetration which may include felatio, anal, or vaginal sex. The penalties if convicted are severe and include a maximum of life in prison.

In Michigan, first-degree CSC occurs when penetration involves an alleged victim between 13 and 16 years of age and a teacher; however, the laws vary from state to state. It is easy to see how a young teacher could get caught up in a flirtation with an athlete who is “coming on” to her, however it is still unlawful for a teacher to engage in sexual acts with a minor or student.

Anyone who has been accused of sexual assault must consult with an aggressive and capable Michigan sex crime attorney. The punishment for a conviction is severe, and the defendant will face many years or even life being labeled as a sex offender. It is vital to protect your legal rights, freedom, and reputation.

Last month, we wrote about David Harold Fricke, a 38-year-old Kent County man who had been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl in November of 2013. Now, Fricke has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a move that will not only prevent the young victim from having to testify, but likely result in reduced prison time for Fricke. 10896969

According to a news article at Mlive.com, Fricke initially told police that the girl was responsible for the sexual contact, and that she approached him while he was taking a shower. Now, he admits that he initiated the contact with the girl, touching her breasts and buttocks at his home. Had Fricke gone to trial and been convicted of first-degree CSC, he would have faced a minimum of 25 years in prison. Now, he will face up to 15 years in prison.

While the alleged victim claims there were four occasions on which she was assaulted, no more charges will be filed according to Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Robin Esslinger, as it was agreed as part of the plea deal that no additional charges would be filed in connection with this victim.

Fricke is scheduled to be sentenced on November 24, and until that time remains in jail without bond.

When an individual is accused of a sex crime, it is to his or her advantage to consult with an experienced Michigan sex crime attorney. In cases where the evidence is overwhelming and a conviction is almost a guarantee, it is often advantageous to the defendant to plead guilty to lesser charges. As in this case, a guilty plea may result in reduced prison time.

That being said, there are many occasions on which the evidence is weak or non-existent. When someone is falsely accused of sexual assault, child molestation, or other related behavior, it is critical to protect your innocence and good name. In these instances, going to trial is the only way to prove your innocence unless evidence is introduced prior to trial that proves you did not commit the crime. Regardless of the situation, in order to obtain the best possible outcome it is vital to discuss your case with a seasoned sex crime defense lawyer in Michigan.

Last month, 29-year-old Joshua C. Waite was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree CSC in the alleged sexual assault of a 6-year-old Saginaw County girl. Waite allegedly sexually assaulted the victim in Carrollton Township on September 19, according to his arrest warrant. On Monday, Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson ruled at Waite’s preliminary hearing that probable cause exists for him to stand trial on only one of the charges, second-degree criminal sexual conduct. shutterstock_70108591

First-degree criminal sexual conduct involves penetration, and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. When someone younger than 13 is the alleged victim, the minimum sentence for those convicted is 25 years. Now, Waite will face up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted of second-degree CSC.

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Janetsky dropped the first-degree charges against Waite when the young victim could not testify adequately regarding the penetration portion of the alleged sexual assault. However, the judge ruled that probable cause was established by the young girl regarding the second-degree charge.

As of Monday afternoon, Waite remained in jail on a bond of $10,000 or 10 percent as amended by the judge after the most serious charges were dropped.

In Michigan, first-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious sex crime charge, leaving those convicted facing possible life in prison. In this case, the defendant will face a maximum of 15 years in prison if found guilty of second-degree CSC. While no one wants to spend any time at all behind bars, 15 years is better than life. It remains to be seen whether the defendant in this case will proceed to trial on the charge, or whether a plea deal may be agreed upon. In the majority of cases, defendants who enter a guilty or no contest plea to lesser charges will face punishment that is less harsh.

While it is impossible to know in this case, young children are often “coached” into saying things or making up stories that are not true by adults who want revenge for one reason or another. In order to protect your legal rights and freedom, it is critical to work with a highly skilled Michigan sex crime defense attorney. Regardless of your situation, do not face accusations of sexual assault or rape on your own.

Last week, a probable cause hearing was held for Brian Lee Gillespie, a 33-year-old man who is accused of sexually penetrating a 6-year-old girl on multiple occasions in her Muskegon Township home in 2013. The girl, who is now seven years old, was accompanied by an advocacy dog as she calmly testified regarding what Gillespie had allegedly done to her. According to prosecutors, the defendant also gave the girl a sexually transmitted disease. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The alleged victim wore a pair of dark glasses given to her by the Assistant Prosecutor to help block out the courtroom as she gave her account of what happened. Oscar, the black lab, was also at her side to give comfort and help the girl remain calm. According to the girl, the first assault took place in the living room of her family’s home while she was on school break. After hearing the alleged victim’s testimony, visiting 60th District Judge Richard Kloote found the evidence compelling enough to bound Gillespie over for trial. He is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13, charged as a second-time habitual offender.

According to the news report at Mlive.com, a physician determined that the girl had an STD, and Child Protective Service was contacted. The agency then launched an investigation in conjunction with Muskegon Township Police officials. The public defender appointed to Gillespie’s case motioned to reduce the $200,000 cash or surety bond, however Kloote denied the motion.

Michigan sex crime attorneys know that there are countless cases in which an innocent adult is accused of sexually assaulting a child. In many of these situations, the child has been coerced or encouraged by an adult to make false accusations, often out of revenge, jealousy, or in matters involving child custody. However, when a 6-year-old child is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, it is impossible to deny that someone has violated the child. If Gillespie proceeds to trial and is found guilty, he could face punishment that includes life in prison without parole.

In many cases a defense lawyer may determine that the outcome would be more favorable for the client if he/she pleads guilty or no contest to a lesser charge. Every case is different, however in order for anyone who has been accused of sexual assault, rape, or any sex crime to obtain the best possible result it is vital to obtain the legal support and guidance of an experienced and aggressive attorney. If you have been accused of a sex offense, contact a dedicated Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.