On Monday, May 18, a resident of Dickinson, TX was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child, according to a news article at The Citizen, a Bay area publication. Dickinson is located near Galveston. 24259101_s

The suspect, 21-year-old Juan Antonio Contreras, was allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl in March of this year. When the girl’s parents learned of the relationship, they reported it to the police, who investigated the allegations and reviewed the case with the district attorney’s office in Galveston County last week before formally charging Contreras.

Investigators do not suspect there are any other victims. Contreras was jailed and his bond set at $15,000. The article states the punishment for a conviction of sexual assault of a child, which is a second-degree felony, is between two and 20 years in prison along with a $10,000 fine.

There are many situations such as this one in which a 16-year-old teenager chooses to have a relationship with someone who is older. Many young men who are in relationships with a younger girl do not realize the serious implications it may have on their lives. Even when a minor agrees to a sexual relationship or even encourages it, the older partner may face criminal charges should the minor decide to report the sexual relationship, or as in the case above, the parents report the incidents to police.

In the state of Michigan, the age of consent to sexual activity with another person is 16. This means that a 16 year old may engage in sexual relations with another individuals who is of age, whether that person is 16, 21, 30, or even older. However, when a person who is of age engages in sexual intercourse with someone younger than 16 but older than 13, he or she may be charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a crime that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Additionally, a conviction will result in the defendant being required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Laws regarding sexual relations with minors vary from state to state, as does the punishment for a conviction. In Michigan, the penalties for most sex offenses are extremely harsh; not only may the offender face prison time and registration on the sex offender list, but a ruined career and reputation as well. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a sex crime against a minor, consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney right away to protect your legal rights and freedom.

On Sunday, May 10 at approximately 5 a.m., a 27-year-old woman claims a man tried to sexually assault her as she was riding a CTA Red Line train between the Fullerton and North/Clybourn stations, according to a news article at the Chicago Tribune. The two were the only passengers on the train according to ABC news report. subway-1388756-m

Ronald Sparks, a 34-year-old South Side man, was ultimately arrested in the case after police sent out surveillance photos in a community alert on Sunday evening. According to Officer Janel Sedevic, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department, the alleged victim declined medical attention.

Thomas Hunt of the Guardian Angels handed out fliers with surveillance photos of the suspect early Monday morning, and said he was not surprised Sparks was caught due to the clarity of the photos. He went on to say that CTA spent a considerable amount of time and effort installing the surveillance cameras.

Sparks was riding another CTA train when he was confronted by a private security officer who noticed Sparks was wanted in connection with the incident. He said that Sparks was smoking a cigarette, which is against the rules. This was the reason he initially approached Sparks before realizing he was being sought by police. Sparks was charged with smoking on CTA property, and aggravated criminal sexual assault causing bodily harm.

In Illinois, the penalties for aggravated criminal sexual assault vary depending on the facts of the case and the individual’s criminal history. Offenders may be given a mandatory minimum sentence, or face up to life in prison. The criminal penalties for sex crimes all around the nation are extremely harsh, including in the state of Michigan. The penalties vary and may include prison time, fines, and the requirement to register as a sex offender, depending on the offense an individual is accused of. Those who are convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious charge of all which involves penetration, may face life in prison if found guilty.

If you have been accused of any sex crime, you should be very concerned even if your case is still under investigation and you have not been charged. A conviction could not only result in loss of your freedom, but ruin of your reputation and career as well. If you have been arrested or charged with sexual assault, an Internet sex crime, child sexually abusive activity or any offense, consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately.

Recently, Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain set aside the guilty verdict given to 50-year-old Gregory Patterson by the jury in a sexual assault case, a first in the Judge’s 13 years on the bench. McBain found the defendant not guilty, a decision that leaves Patterson free, rather than facing a minimum of 25 years in prison for three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct according to a news report at Mlive.com. 15199512_s

Patterson went on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting his former girlfriend’s daughter on multiple occasions in 2012, when she under 13 years of age. The girl, who is now 15, testified regarding the sexual assault, however she admitted that she did not like Patterson, and was also not consistent when testifying about how many times she was allegedly assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend.

During the trial, several references were made to the fact that the alleged victim wanted to see he mother and father back together, even though she did not know her father. Patterson’s defense attorney claimed that the girl had admitted to a history of falsehoods in the past in an effort to remove her mother’s boyfriends from their lives.

The defense attorney went on to inform the judge that there was no semen, blood, or other physical evidence in the girl’s underwear to support her allegations of a “violent” rape. The girl also admitted that she frequently watched television in the bed shared by her mother and Patterson, which her attorney said could easily account for the “microscopic” amount of semen found on the outside of the girl’s clothing.

McBain said that the verdict handed down by the jury surprised him, and that there were major problems with the prosecutor’s case including a lack of physical evidence and witness credibility. The Judge said that he would absolutely have found Patterson not guilty had the case been tried as a bench trial. On Friday, May 1, McBain told reporters that he believed the “worst thing a judge could ever face is the prospect you sent an innocent man to prison, especially on charges like this.”

Patterson’s defense attorney called McBain’s decision “an extraordinary decision and extraordinary relief.” He also said that he had not filed a motion similar to this one in his 20 years as a criminal defense attorney.

It is all too easy for innocent individuals to be accused of sexual assault, rape, or other sex crimes; unfortunately, it is also not uncommon for innocent people to be found guilty and put behind bars.

Recently, it was announced that a west suburban Chicago police officer was charged with several counts involving the alleges sexual assault of a girl younger than 13 years of age. According to CBS Chicago, David L. Wright, a police officer with Elburn for more than 20 years, has been sexually assaulting a child for more than 10 years. He has been charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault and 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. police-on-the-scene-1172422-m

A statement from prosecutors allege that Wright has been sexually assaulting a child he knew since March of 2005, and the sexual assaults continued until just this month when he was arrested at his Campton Hills home. Prosecutors say when the assaults initially began, the victim was under 13. Wright has been placed on paid administrative leave with the Elburn police, pending the outcome of the investigation. According to news reports, he is currently in the Kane County Jail on a $500,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 6. Wright is 53 years old.

In Illinois, criminal sexual assault is a term used in place of rape. Offenders do not have the option of probation, as this is a non-probationable felony charge. The penalties for those found guilty include four to 15 years in prison. Predatory criminal sexual assault is more serious, with penalties that include a prison term of six to 30 years.

Sexual assault, including rape, is a crime that is punished severely in nearly every state. In Michigan, rape falls under the category of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Those convicted may face up to life in prison, however when a victim is younger than 13, the offender must spend a minimum of 25 years in prison. The penalties in Michigan are extremely harsh; anyone accused of sexual assault must consult with a seasoned criminal defense attorney in order to protect your legal rights, and fight for your freedom.

Any accusation of a sex crime is serious, and could leave the accused facing not only time behind bars, but required to register as a sex offender as well. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for alleged victims to wrongly accuse others of crimes they did not commit, sometimes out of vengeance, or in a situation where one parent is trying to gain sole custody of shared children. No matter what your situation, speak with an aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately.

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.