In Saline County, AR, the small community of Haskell is divided in their reactions to the arrest of 32-year-old Kyle Vaughan, who was arrested recently and fired from his job as a Haskell police officer, charged with sexual assault involving a juvenile, and child pornography. Michigan High Court Considers the Term “Possession of Child Pornography” Pic

According to news reports, the Haskell Police Dept. is located directly across the street from the school, and officers direct school traffic. Some parents and grandparents are shocked at the fact that a potential child predator could have been watching over their children, while those who know Vaughn have a difficult time believing the accusations are true, calling him “a family man, not a pedophile.”

Arkansas State Police took Vaughn into custody on the afternoon of Monday, August 17. At the time of news reports, he was being held in the Saline County Jail on charges of computer child pornography, failure to report, distribution or possession of material depicting explicit images, and second-degree sexual assault on a juvenile. Authorities began investigating Vaughn in May of this year. He has been terminated from the Haskell Police Dept.

News reports indicate Vaughn’s next court date is set for September 15, and that it was ordered by a Benton judge that he be held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Sexual crimes are extremely serious, particularly when they involve juveniles. While every state in the U.S. punishes sex offenders harshly, Michigan’s criminal penalties for those convicted are particularly severe. For example, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious charge of all, may result in a life prison term depending on the circumstances. In every case, factors including the defendant’s criminal history, age of the victim, and other issues may impact the sentence given to an individual found guilty by the court.

Unfortunately, it is easy for an innocent person to be accused of a sex-related offense. In defending these types of charges, it is critical to choose a Michigan sex crimes attorney who is highly experienced and skilled in these types of cases as your freedom, career, reputation, and much more is at risk. Ultimately, a conviction for sexually assaulting a child or any other serious offense could ruin your life.

Recently, a 32-year-old man who allegedly raped a 7-year-old girl on Staten Island was apprehended and arrested by police in New Jersey. The girl was reportedly raped sometime prior to 2:45 a.m. on August 6 at her home. Michigan Department of Corrections Struggles With Budget Challenges Pic

According to news reports, Daniel Nieto entered the home where the young girl lived through an unlocked door, then sexually assaulted the victim. Ironically, Nieto had been arrested for criminal trespass for hanging out in a vacant home just a short time following the sexual assault, although police were not aware the rape had occurred. After being charged with criminal trespass, Nieto was released. It would take police 12 days to find Nieto and arrest him in connection with the rape.

Ultimately, police caught Nieto in East Brunswick, NJ and took him into custody on Tuesday, August 18. At last news reports, charges against him were pending as the suspect is being extradited to Staten Island to face charges.

The young victim told her parents about the attack, which police say was random. Nieto had no apparent connection to the family.

In New York, sexual assault of any child younger than 11 years old is first-degree rape; all statutory rape charges are considered very serious sexual felonies. Across the U.S., including in Michigan, the sexual assault of a young child is a very serious criminal offense. In fact, in many states those found guilty of sexually assaulting or raping a child who is under the age of consent will face decades in prison, possibly even life behind bars.

In Michigan, statutory rape or third-degree criminal sexual conduct may result in a 15 year prison term for those convicted. However, a more serious offense is first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a charge that may leave the defendant facing life in prison. When sexual penetration occurs and the victim is younger than 13, an individual may face first-degree CSC charges.

Regardless, the criminal penalties are extremely harsh for those found guilty. In addition, those labeled ‘sex offenders’ are stigmatized by society, and have many obstacles to face when it comes to employment, housing, and more. Many innocent people are accused of sexually assaulting children, who can easily be coerced into saying things that are not true. If you have been accused of sexual assault or any sex-related offense, do not hesitate before contacting a capable and skilled Michigan sex crimes attorney.

Recently, Craig McCord and his wife Virginia McCord were arrested in the alleged sexual battery of a 13-year-old girl who was spending the night at the couple’s Murfreesboro, TN home according to a news report at WGNS Radio. man in hand cuffs

Craig McCord is a registered sex offender; his 37-year-old wife is a substitute teacher, and was arrested due to the fact that she failed to report child sex abuse, according to a police report.

Although the victim’s name was withheld due to her young age, she reportedly spent the night at the McCord’s home the night the alleged abuse took place. A police report written by Detective Tommy Roberts stated the victim was not related to the McCords. She was spending the night at their home when she was allegedly awakened by Craig McCord touching her between her legs. She reportedly told Virginia McCord about the incident before making a telephone call to her grandfather requesting that he pick her up.

Virginia McCord was arrested after she failed to report the sexual abuse of the girl to authorities. She was charged with failure to report child sex abuse. A police report indicated that when the victim was interviewed, she made “credible and compelling disclosures.” The report also claimed that the police investigation supported allegations that sexual battery was committed by Craig McCord.

Craig McCord is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure and violation of the sex offender registry. Both he and he wife are scheduled to appear in court on August 17.

In the state of Michigan, sexual battery is defined as criminal sexual conduct. There are various “degrees” of CSC an individual can be charged with, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious charge of all and involves penetration. In the case above, all that is mentioned is that the victim was touched between her legs. In Michigan, intimate parts for purposes of the state’s criminal sexual conduct laws include the inner thighs, groin, breasts, buttocks, or “genital area” of an alleged victim.

An individual charged with sexual battery of a 13-year-old or any sex-related crime will face serious criminal penalties if convicted. While laws differ from state to state, a conviction for first-degree CSC in Michigan may result in a life prison term. In the majority of cases, the offender will be required to register as a sex offender. Registered sex offenders face an extremely difficult time when it comes to employment, housing, and being accepted by the community, as most people shun those labeled sex offenders.

Regardless of your situation, it is imperative to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer if you have been arrested or are under investigation for any sex-related offense.

On Tuesday, August 4 Canterbury Police Chief John Laroche, 44, was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl sometime between January 1, 1999 and August 3, 2000. At the time of the alleged assault, the victim was reported to be 16 or 17 years old. iStock_2709890

Laroche, who was charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, allegedly assaulted the victim in the vicinity of the boat ramp in Boscawen, according to a news article at Concord Patch. Attorney General Joseph A. Foster said that at the time, Laroche was a police officer with the Boscawen Police Dept; he also oversaw the Boscawen Police Explorer Program, a program the alleged victim was a member of. Foster claims that Laroche used his authority to coerce the girl into submitting to the sexual assault.

The victim did not report the sexual assault until September of last year, at which time she reported it to the Boscawen Police. An investigation began after the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office was notified of the incident. Laroche is currently held on a $5,000 cash bail, and scheduled for arraignment on August 5 in Franklin District Court.

In New Hampshire, aggravated felonious sexual assault is a Class A felony punishable by fines of up to $4,000 and a maximum range of between 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison. However, a subsequent conviction on the same charges can result in life in prison, or even the death penalty.

Sex crimes are punished harshly in every state in the U.S. In Michigan, for example, someone found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct or rape may face life in prison. In cases involving a victim who is younger than 13, the offender will face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison if found guilty.

While many individuals are victims of rape and other sex crimes, there are people who are falsely accused of committing these heinous crimes as well. In some cases, a person may allege he/she was sexually assaulted out of revenge. Often times two adults may engage in heavy drinking or partying, with one of the parties claiming sexual assault after the fact although sexual relations were actually consensual. These types of cases are extremely delicate, as an innocent individual could potentially find him- or herself behind bars for a very long time, perhaps even life.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney who will fight vigorously to protect your freedom, reputation, and future.

Over the past weekend, four Williamson County Sheriff Dept. employees were placed on paid administrative leave including one corrections officer and three sheriff’s deputies for allegedly sexually assaulting an individual, according to a news article at the Austin American-Statesman. Now, a more recent article at KXAN.com claims that it has been determined only one of the employees is accused of committing the sexual assault. Writing to Win Button- Appeals Section

Captain Mike Gleason originally stated that four employees were on paid leave, and all four currently remain on paid leave. However, the three individuals who have been cleared of the allegations will be considered witnesses, and are not charged with any criminal acts. Neither the names of the employees or the alleged victim have been released. The Texas Rangers are continuing to investigate the case. The incident reportedly occurred during a gathering in Williamson County, and all four employees were off-duty at the time. Gleason said someone called to report a sexual assault taking place, but that he did not know when or where the alleged assault occurred.

Mark Brunner, Williamson County First District Attorney, said only that the incident took place at a Williamson County home. It is also believed the sexual assault occurred early on Saturday morning, July 25.

Sexual assault is a very serious matter, and will leave those found guilty facing criminal penalties. Sexual assault is generally defined as any unwanted or non-consensual (not agreed to) sexual contact against another individual, usually involving penetration. Sexual assault may be called ‘rape’ by many.

In the state of Michigan, allegations of sexual assault could leave the offender facing up to life in prison if convicted. Criminal penalties will depend on the severity of the crime committed, the age of the victim, the offender’s criminal history, even whether the defendant pleads guilty or no contest to a lesser crime. The requirement to register as a sex offender is another extremely damaging consequence of a conviction.

If you have been accused of sexual assault or any similar offense, consult with an experienced and highly capable Michigan sex crimes attorney at once.

Last week, 23-year-old Aurelio Hernandez-Gomez was jailed on charges of criminal sexual conduct in connection with a 13-year-old girl who had been missing out of Florida.  On Friday, July 10, Hernandez-Gomez was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct; he also has felony arrest warrants out of Florida for interference with child custody and kidnapping.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies investigated a residence in Hartford Township and being contacted by Polk County authorities seeking their assistance in the case of the missing girl.  Authorities believed she was with Hernandez-Gomez, which turned out to be the case.  When deputies searched the residence along with the Pokagon Tribal and Cover Township police departments, the girl and suspect were found hiding.  After investigating further, deputies determined that the girl had been sexually assaulted by the suspect.
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In November of 2013, 49-year-old Francis Mallo of Loudon, TN was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the alleged sexual assault of a female victim younger than 13 in Osceola Township. Personal Safety Guides Protect Yourself Against Sex Crimes Pic

According to news reports at Up North Live, Loudon turned himself in after driving from his home in Tennessee to Osceola County. The alleged sexual assaults occurred between 1990 and 1992; investigators began digging for information and evidence after receiving a tip regarding the alleged sexual assaults in 2013, and interviewed the victim (who would be in her 30s) at that time. They then contacted Mallo, who drove from Tennessee.

In 2014, Mallo went on trial on multiple sex crime charges in Osceola County, however a mistrial was declared after the jury became deadlocked. On May 26th of this year, Mallo was retried on the five charges of first-degree CSC involving someone under the age of 13. The court had set aside eight days for the trial; on June 3rd, after two days of deliberations, the jury found Mallo not guilty. The woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted as a minor lived at Mallo’s foster home in Osceola County at the time.

Few details were revealed about the case, however had Mallo been found guilty he would have faced up to life in prison. First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious of all sex crime charges, and involves penetration. Perhaps because the case was more than 20 years old, evidence necessary to find Mallo guilty had been lost. Perhaps, as in many cases, he was wrongfully accused of a heinous crime he did not commit. Either way, it is unfortunate that Mallo will likely live under a cloud of suspicion for the rest of his life, although he will remain a free man.

Sex crimes are extremely serious; anyone accused faces negative consequences, even when they are innocent. Accusations such as the above can ruin reputations and careers. If you have been accused of sexual assault, consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney at once.

In August of 2013, Thomas F. Bolton of Wilhoit, AZ allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl at his home. Bolton was convicted of sexually assaulting and kidnapping the underage victim, and was sentenced on June 30 to 14 years in prison. He was also sentenced to 10 years on the kidnapping charges. security-fence-4-1398073-m

The victim in the case told authorities that while at his home, Wilhoit forcibly removed her clothes and held her down to rape her. Wilhoit allegedly stopped assaulting the girl when her boyfriend showed up at the home. He told a deputy that Bolton has his girlfriend pinned to a bed, and that he heard her saying “no.” Bolton denied having sexual contact with the girl, but was charged with harassment after driving to a business in Wilhoit in September of last year where he allegedly blocked a vehicle containing the victim and a friend in a parking lot.

According to a news report at CBS 5 in Arizona, Bolton’s sentences will run concurrently, and he will service the full 14-year sentence for sexual assault.

News reports did not make it clear whether the victim was 16 at the time of the alleged rape, or if she is 16 now. However, the criminal penalties for sexually assaulting a minor are extremely serious in either case. In the state of Michigan, a conviction for sexual acts that include penetration with a minor will result in up to 15 years in prison, or life in prison depending on the victim’s age. Engaging in sexual acts involving penetration with a victim younger than 13 is typically charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor, a felony offense potentially punishable by a life prison term.

Cases involving minors are particularly problematic, as children or teens often exaggerate the truth or even make up stories for various reasons that can ruin a person’s life. However, sexual assaults against minors do occur every day. Regardless of your situation, if you have been accused of statutory rape or sexual assault against a minor, it is critical to obtain the legal guidance and support of a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney. Your reputation, freedom, and career are in jeopardy; take action immediately to protect your future and mitigate the damage.

Recently, 65-year-old Gilbert Joseph Trujillo was charged with 11 counts of sexual assault on a child, according to a news report at 9news.com. Trujillo was formerly employed as an elementary school teacher at Dupont Elementary School in Commerce City, CO.

Trujillo was arrested on Monday, June 22, and advised of the charges he faces on Tuesday. Those charges include one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse, five counts of sexual assault on a child, and five counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The defendant taught fourth and fifth grades at the school, where he is alleged to have assaulted five female students who were about 9 or 10 years old between August of 2005 and May of 2011. One student recalled that Trujillo would have girls come to his desk, then hold them by their hips, or even have them sit on his lap. She said that she felt he was a “little too friendly” with female students, and that she got “weird vibes” from him.

While Trujillo admitted to the claims of students that he had given some of the girls jewelry, toys, cell phones, and Valentine’s gifts, he said that he did nothing wrong, and that he has a clear conscience. He was held on a $20,000 bond which the DA’s Office requested be raised to $200,000 at last news reports.

Sexual assault is an extremely serious charge; in Colorado, sexual assault of a child is generally charged as a class 3 or 4 felony, and will result in harsh punishment for those convicted.

All sex crimes should be taken seriously. As Michigan sex crime lawyers, we know those who are accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, particularly when it involves children, can result in not only loss of freedom for the accused, but ruin of the alleged offender’s career and reputation. Those who are accused of sexually assaulting children are frowned upon by society, regardless of whether the accusations are true or not. Unfortunately, it is easy to find yourself wrongly accused of such an offense if you frequently work with or around children.

Regardless of how minor or serious your situation may seem, consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately if accused of sexual assault. Your reputation, freedom, and future may hinge on your lawyer’s ability to aggressively fight the charges.

On Monday, June 15, 45-year-old Tyrone Dale of Pawtucket, Rhode Island hanged himself after being charged with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy, according to a recent article at the Huffington Post.  Dale was a girls’ basketball coach at Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence.

Dale had been charged with second-degree sexual assault on Friday, and released on bail.  He allegedly sexually assaulted the teenage boy in May at the West End Recreation Center in Providence.  News reports indicate Dale pulled down the victim’s shorts before stroking him in an inappropriate manner, an incident the teenage boy recorded on his cell phone, according to police reports.

Prior to committing suicide, Dale claimed via email that he had never coached the victim, and believed the incident was a possible “set up.”  He advised reporters at the Providence Journal to check the victim’s background, and described the boy as a 6′ 3″ tall 165 lb. gang member.

Tyrone Dale was heavily involved in coaching children and youth for more than 20 years according to news reports, which indicate he worked with youth basketball and football teams, and coached for the Providence recreational basketball team.  He also formed Providence United in 207, a program designed to “empower kids ages 10 to 18 to excel through sports.”

In the state of Rhode Island, second-degree sexual assault is punished by a maximum of 15 years in prison; if convicted, the offender will likely spend a minimum of three years behind bars.  Second-degree sexual assault is the act of engaging in sexual contact using coercion or force, or assaulting someone who is physically/mentally disabled or incapacitated with the accused being aware of the fact.

Michigan sex crime attorneys know how accusations of sexual assault can impact a person’s life, even if that person is innocent.  When news of a situation such as this one spreads throughout the community, it often brings about feelings of shame.  Those accused often feel that regardless of whether they are guilty of not, they will be viewed as guilty by those in the community from the time they are accused on forward.  Whether Dale was guilty or innocent, it is a tragedy for someone to take his/her own life.

Sex crimes do bring about serious and often life-changing criminal penalties for those convicted, including a substantial number of years or even life in prison.  For many, the requirement to register as a sex offender is the worst punishment of all, as being labeled a sex offender impacts many areas of a person’s life and also frequently results in being shunned by society.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, child molestation, rape, an Internet sex crime, or any related offense, consult with an experienced sex crime lawyer in Michigan who will fight aggressively to protect your legal rights and reach positive results.