About one year ago, 39-year-old Julie Kay Werkheiser was indicted by a grand jury on two counts each of predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child after she allegedly abused two of her dance students. Now, Werkheiser has been found guilty after facing trial before a jury in Tioga County Court. pointe-1419297

Werkheiser’s dance studio, Studio J Dance in the Village of Waverly, is where the alleged abuse of two students took place between 2004 and 2007, according to news reports. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the two children were under the age of 13 at the time. Werkheiser has not been sentenced yet, but is expected to face 10 years to life in state prison. All charges against her were felonies.

Allegations of abuse were reported to New York State Police in April of last year, which led to the investigation by Waverly police. Samantha Stone, Werkheiser’s domestic partner, was arrested on similar charges in August of 2011 after allegedly committing sex acts with a child at a Binghamton dance studio she operated, although police said the cases were not connected. Stone was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child.

Individuals who work in a career involving children such as teachers, coaches, and instructors are often accused of sex crimes against children. Some of the allegations are true, others are not. While there is no doubt people commit these types of crimes every day, it is also all too easy for someone to accuse another person of a crime he or she did not commit. As is indicated by the sentence Werkheiser is expected to face (up to life in prison), the punishment for these offenses is extremely harsh.

Even in Michigan, someone found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (the most serious sex offense charge) may face life in prison in certain cases. Anyone who is under investigation or who has been arrested for child molestation, Internet sex crimes, rape, or any related offense must work with a highly skilled Michigan sex crimes attorney. There are legal options those accused should be made aware of, and every person’s legal rights must be protected. A solid, effective defense strategy can make all of the difference in the outcome of a case, and the punishment a person faces.

On Tuesday November 10, a 22-year-old woman was arrested by Washington, D.C. police after allegedly groping and twerking a man at a convenience store on New York Avenue. According to a recent article at the Huffington Post, Ayanna Marie Knight was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual abuse. Another woman who was said to be involved had eluded police at the time of news reports. iStock_000006220072_Double (2)

The incident occurred on October 7; the victim, who asked not to be identified saying the ordeal left him feeling humiliated, asked the cashier at the store for help. According to the man, the cashier replied, “What do you want me to do?”

A surveillance video was released of the incident Monday, which shows two women, one in a silver dress and one in a red dress. The woman in the silver dress is seen rubbing her derriere against the groin area of the victim. When he backs away from her, the woman in the red dress appears to touch the inseam area of his pants and makes numerous attempts to cozy up to him.

In addition, the victim said he was flashed by the two women as he pumped gas at the convenience store. After he called police, he said the women continued to follow him. The victim said he felt violated, and wasn’t certain at the time whether the two suspects were women, men dressed like women, or transvestites.

At last report, police were still searching for the second woman and were seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating her.

Third-degree sexual abuse is considered sexual contact such as inappropriate touching whether the alleged victim is clothed or unclothed. In D.C., the penalties for those found guilty of this offense may include up to 10 years in prison, fines of up to $100,000, and more.

Michigan sex crimes attorneys know that all sex-related offenses should be taken very seriously. Whether someone is accused of inappropriately touching another person in a private area, sexual penetration, date rape, molesting a child, or any action that is sexually oriented without the person’s permission, it could result in serious and life-changing consequences. In fact, in the state of Michigan those who are found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (the most serious sex-related offense, involving penetration) may face up to life in prison.

For many people, being required to register as a sex offender is the worst punishment of all. This is particularly true for those who may have committed a less serious crime or who accept a plea deal and spend minimal time in prison, as their lives are forever impacted when labeled a sex offender. Finding employment can be almost impossible; you may not be able to live where you want to live, and society tends to look down on those who are registered sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Essentially, you live under a cloud of suspicion.

Regardless of your situation, if you have been accused of a sex-related offense do not wait before contacting a seasoned Michigan sex crimes lawyer. Your legal rights must be protected from the very beginning; the sooner work can begin on your case, the better the outcome.

Recently, 36-year-old Michael McCray was arrested for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting two victims who are minors. McCray was arrested at the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School, where he is currently employed. apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

The alleged incidents occurred between August 2012 and June 2014, when McCray was employed as a boys’ basketball and track coach, and PE teacher at the Anthony School in Little Rock. The LRPD received a report from Anthony School claiming that a former teacher at the school had sex on several occasions with a juvenile victim, according to police reports.

A news report at KATV 7 revealed that it all began when a female student at the Anthony School cut her hand in PE class. McCray allegedly took her into a closet where first aid supplies were stored, closed the door, and began kissing her and grabbing her skirt as he pushed her against a wall. An affidavit claims McCray told the girl not to tell anyone, and the two began having sex although the girl reportedly told him she didn’t want to. The alleged victim said that she and a second victim would be assigned to ride with McCray to track meets, and that he would take them to his home and engage in sex with one of the girls.

The second victim referred to McCray as “Coach Mac,” and said he kissed and hugged her on two occasions, one of them in a closet in the gym. She said in a police interview that McCray wanted to have sex with her.

McCray is on administrative leave from the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter, where he was hired in July as director of culture. At the time of news reports he was being held on no bond.

The rape or sexual assault of a minor by an adult is a crime punished harshly by all states. In Michigan, statutory rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and other offenses are classified as criminal sexual conduct. The penalties for someone convicted depend on whether the CSC is charged with first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Punishment may range from up to two years in prison to life behind bars, along with fines, lifetime monitoring, and the requirement to register as a sex offender for many years, or even a lifetime.

Sex offenders are shunned by society, and face difficulties when it comes to employment, housing, and other aspects of their lives. If you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, or any related offense it is vital to consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately, so that your legal rights may be protected and a solid defense developed to protect your freedom and future.

On Sunday October 25, two Fulton, MO men were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl after giving her alcohol and drugs, according to a recent article at Fox 2 News. iStock_000023802012_XXXLarge (2)

The men, 42-year-old Brent Gibson and 26-year-old Lucas Pickering, have been charged with second-degree statutory rape, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance, and other offenses. The men reportedly raped the girl in a motel room in Kingdom City after injecting what the victim believed was methamphetamine into her arm.

An officer who interviewed the girl said that she had two needle puncture marks on her arm, consistent with her story that she was injected twice. Tests also revealed marijuana in the victim’s blood. She told investigators that both men raped her while she was awake, but incapacitated by the alcohol and drugs. A probable cause statement revealed that Pickering gave the victim meth that he snorted and smoked with her, and bought her alcohol.

A news article at the Columbia Tribune claims the victim is a runaway from Cole County; following the incident, she was taken into custody by the Missouri Dept. of Social Services Children’s Division. Pickering admitted to having sex with the girl, however Gibson denies the allegations. Both were being held on $50,000 cash-only bonds at the Callaway County Jail as of last news reports.

The rape of a minor is a serious criminal offense regardless of where it occurs. In Michigan, statutory rape is classified as criminal sexual conduct, and charged in the third degree. Maximum punishment for those convicted is 15 years in prison, along with other penalties including registration as a sex offender. When an individual is labeled a sex offender, it will affect nearly every aspect of his or her life including employment and housing opportunities. Being assigned to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry is something you want to avoid at all costs.

Regardless of the offense you have been accused of, all people are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is critical to work with a seasoned Michigan sex crimes lawyer who will fight for your freedom, protect your legal rights, and do everything possible to secure positive results. When charged with a sex-related crime, never take the situation and future into your own hands.

Approximately a month ago, 28-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a Saudi prince who lives at a Beverly Glen compound, was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a woman who was reportedly seen fleeing from the grounds and bleeding. Al-Saud was arrested on September 23 on suspicion of forced oral copulation of an adult; he was freed on $300,000 bail. sad-silhouette-1080946-m

It was determined by a consul liaison with the Los Angeles Police Dept. that Al-Saud did not have diplomatic immunity, and therefore could be tried in the case. However, prosecutors announced recently that felony charges will not be filed in the alleged sexual assaults the Saudi prince has been accused of since the incident, as the evidence is insufficient and the stories of Al-Saud’s accusers cannot be substantiated.

An attorney for the alleged victims said a civil suit will move forward despite the fact no felony charges were filed. The women are claiming assault and battery, emotional distress, sexual discrimination, and retaliation against the workers at the compound.

A news article at Fox News states the case had been referred to the LA city attorney’s office by prosecutors. Misdemeanor charges could still be brought against the sheik.

In some cases such as the one described above, allegations a sexual assault cannot be proven due to a lack of evidence. In most states, the criminal penalties for various sex crimes are severe and may include fines, substantial prison time, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. For many people, being labeled a sex offender is the worst punishment of all as it impacts various aspects of their lives such as employment opportunities, where they may choose to live, and even whether they can obtain a professional license in a chosen career.

In the state of Michigan some sex offenses can leave a person facing a lifetime in prison. Regardless of the facts of your case, it is imperative to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney when you have been charged or are under investigation. It is all too easy for alleged victims to make statements that are not true; these accusations can and do destroy lives. Consult with a capable criminal defense lawyer immediately to ensure your legal rights, freedom, and reputation are protected and vigorously defended.

On the morning of October 14, 33-year-old Garry Chow of Modesto was arrested in connection with the sexual assault and attempted sexual assault of two women who believed they were responding to an ad for a modeling job on the Internet. The two incidents occurred on Sept. 10 in Redwood City, according to a news report at the Redwood City-Woodside Patch. iStock_000014700004_XXXLarge (2)

A 23-year-old Vallejo woman was the first to respond to the ad; she arrived at the Sequoia Hospital after being told by the “agent” when responding to the ad that she would need a medical screening. She showed up in the hospital parking garage at about 1 p.m., the other woman, an 18-year-old Santa Cruz woman, about 3 p.m. Both women were met by a man (allegedly Chow) who claimed to be a doctor, then led them to a utility room in the hospital where he told each woman at the two separate times he would conduct an exam. He alleged the exam had to be performed in the utility room because the hospital was busy.

The news article reports the first woman to arrive was sexually assaulted. When the second woman arrived at 3 p.m. and was taken to the utility room, she became suspicious and called police. After investigating, authorities located the Vallejo woman and determined both women were victim’s of the same man. Chow was arrested at his home in Modesto after being identified by police. He works at the hospital as a contract security supervisor.

Chow was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and sexual battery, and booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

Sexual assault and sexual battery are serious crimes which leave the accused facing up to six months in jail or four years in prison if found guilty, depending on whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

In every state, sex crimes are punished harshly. In Michigan, for example, a conviction on sexual assault charges could result in a life prison term under certain conditions. Whether penetration occurred, the age of the alleged victim, the role of the suspect (whether he/she is a person of authority such as a teacher, etc.) and other factors are considered in determining the punishment for those alleged to have committed a sex-related offense. Most who are found guilty of various sex crimes are also required to register as a sex offender. This requirement is often the most damaging, as those labeled sex offenders are shunned by society and often have a difficult time securing employment, housing, financial aid, and more.

Anyone in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, or surrounding areas accused of sexual assault or any related offense must consult with a seasoned Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately. A conviction can literally destroy your life; you must take action now.

On September 29, 30-year-old Donald D. Levesque of Concord was arrested on sex-related charges. Investigations began earlier in the year by the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office after allegations were made against Levesque. He is charged with three counts of manufacture of child sexual abuse images, two counts of possession of child sexual abuse images, two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of sexual assault. iStock_000016750168_Large (2)

Levesque was reportedly a teacher at Shaker Road School in Concord, however he is no longer employed there according to school officials. It all began when a girl who was reportedly in a relationship with Levesque was interviewed by the Merrimack County Advocacy Center and a detective with the Sheriff’s dept. At that time, it was learned that the girl was of the age of consent, and the matter was dropped. A second interview with the girl revealed that there had been an encounter between the girl, Levesque, and a boy who was 13 years old. At that point, the girl decided to approach the situation with authorities once again because she felt she was being taken advantage of. The girl alleges that she also engaged in sexual activity with the underage boy in December of 2013, because she was instructed to do so by Levesque.

The boy was interviewed just last month regarding the allegations, and admitted that Levesque had sexual activity with him over a two-year time span. Ultimately, it was revealed that Snapchat was used to take sexually explicit pictures and share those pictures. In addition, the boy told authorities that a video was taken of at least one of the sexual encounters with Levesque’s cell phone.

Sex-related offenses involving minors are extremely serious, regardless of the state in which they occur. In Michigan, sexual assault of someone age 13 or younger which involves penetration may be charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious charge of all. A conviction may result in a life prison term, as well as lifetime registration as a sex offender.

In addition, possession of child sexually abusive material or child pornography will result in extremely harsh punishment. Ultimately, a conviction for any sex offense involving minors or children may not only cost a person his or her freedom, but reputation, career, and family relationships as well. Accusations of sex crimes involving minors can literally ruin a person’s life, even in circumstances where the allegations are false.

If you have been accused of sexually assaulting a child, child pornography, or any related offense, consult with a highly experienced Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately in order to protect your legal rights and future to the greatest extent possible.

On Tuesday, September 29, a Lubbock, TX man was indicted in an aggravated assault case involving a woman he allegedly abducted on September 9. Tony Price, 59, is accused of sexually assaulting the 59-year-old woman on three occasions in his apartment. He is charged with three counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault, according to news reports. iStock_000011602905_Large (2)

Price allegedly struck the woman and forced her to perform sexual acts. The next day, the victim convinced Price to take her to pay her electric bill at the Lubbock Power & Light office. While inside the office, the woman got the attention of an off-duty police officer and let him know she needed help. Price fled the scene, and was arrested six days later on September 15. He remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a bond of $25,000.

The victim claims that Price kept her against her will, then threatened, beat, and raped her.

Rape is a very serious criminal offense in every state; how those convicted are punished varies from state to state. In Michigan, the crime of rape is classified as criminal sexual conduct and may be charged as first- or third-degree, depending on the facts of the case. If the alleged offender is found guilty of third-degree CSC, penalties include up to 15 years in prison; a first-degree CSC conviction can result in life in prison, as this is the most serious sex-related crime of all.

While losing your freedom is life-changing, those who are required to register as sex offenders find their lives and reputations damaged in many cases beyond repair. Being labeled a sex offender impacts housing, employment, where a person may live, financing, and other aspects of a person’s life. Regardless of the charges you are facing, it is vital to fight for your freedom and protect your legal rights by working with a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney.

On Tuesday, September 22 it was announced that 61-year-old Dr. Farooq Rehman, a neurologist in Old Bridge, NJ, had been charged with the alleged sexual assault of a female patient. Rehman resides in Colts Neck. Famous Criminal Law Cases in U.S. History Pic

According to news reports at CBS and My Central Jersey, Rehman is accused of sexually assaulting a patient in his office during examinations by improperly touching the victim, a 37-year-old woman whose name was not released. The woman alleges this activity occurred during visits to the doctor’s office between August 26 and September 9 of this year, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

Investigators with the Old Bridge Police Dept. began investigating the case after the alleged victim contact police. Rehman has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact, and was held on a $100,000 bail at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center at last report.

In NJ, criminal sexual contact is a crime of the fourth degree; while this offense is a less serious charge than some other sex-related offenses and involves inappropriate touching of private body parts directly or through clothing, the criminal penalties are still severe. Those found guilty may be subject to fines of up to $10,000 and/or a maximum of 18 months in prison. A felony criminal record will also impact employment opportunities, housing, and other aspects of the accused individual’s life. In addition, when the victim is a minor the defendant will be required by the court to register as a sex offender if found guilty.

In the state of Michigan, inappropriate touching without penetration is considered 4th degree criminal sexual conduct. While the names of sex-related offenses from state to state may differ, all sex crimes carry serious and even life-changing consequences for those convicted. For example, in Michigan the penalties for the same crime in NJ described above include substantial fines and up to two years in prison; the defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender, regardless of whether the victim is a minor or adult.

In an employment situation, a victim may call this “sexual harassment.” Violation of MCL 750.520(e) is a two year high misdemeanor; 4th degree criminal sexual conduct violates this penal code.

The fact is, all crimes which are sexual in nature are extremely serious. You may have been wrongly accused, or a situation misinterpreted. Whatever the circumstances of your case, it is imperative to work with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer who will protect your legal rights and fight aggressively for your freedom and future.

Recently it was reported by WBTW News 13 that a Myrtle Beach, SC man was arrested and charged with allegedly raping a woman at a residence in Myrtle Beach on August 23. Personal Safety Guides Protect Yourself Against Sex Crimes Pic

According to the news article, 32-year-old Jerry Lee Stovall has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Stovall is behind bars after the victim claimed she was raped on the evening of August 22 as well as the next morning. Police were called to speak with the victim in reference to the sexual assault; when they responded to Miller-Motte Technical College, the woman gave police details of the incident which occurred on Pine Lake Drive.

In South Carolina, criminal sexual conduct in the third degree involves sexual assault through force or coercion, or knowing/having reason to know the alleged victim was physically helpless of mentally incapacitated. This offense is a felony that leaves the offender facing up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

Crimes which are sexual in nature are some of the most difficult for prosecutors to prove, and defense attorneys to defend. In this case the alleged victim was apparently at a residence with the offender overnight, as she said she was assaulted in the evening and the next morning. There are countless cases in which someone willfully participates in sexual behavior, then at a later date decides to claim sexual assault or rape. This may happen out of revenge, jealousy, anger, or for some other reason. In some instances, one or both parties may become intoxicated and engage in sexual behavior they would normally not have engaged in. Many times an alleged victim cannot clearly remember the details, however he or she will claim sexual assault.

Regardless, allegations of sexual assault are extremely serious. Not only may the offender face substantial prison time and a permanent criminal record if convicted, he/she will be required to register as a sex offender. Being labeled a sex offender generally haunts someone for the rest of his/her life; it also dictates where a person may live, and makes finding employment difficult. One of the worst crimes anyone can be accused of is one of a sexual nature.

If you have been accused of rape, child molestation, or any sex crime it is important to take action immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom. Contact a highly experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney so that work can begin to protect your future.