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.

In December of 2013, a criminal complaint was filed in Walworth County accusing a Janesville man, 57-year-old Matthew G. Hendrickson, of sexually assaulting a female patient who is now 80 years old at the Golden Years Retirement and Nursing Home. Hendrickson was a physical therapist at the time the alleged sexual assault occurred. irma-wants-some-coffee-982474-m

Initially, Hendrickson was charged with second-degree sexual assault by a treatment facility employee. This charge would leave him facing a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted. Now, charges have been reduced to third-degree sexual assault, reducing the amount of prison time Hendrickson would serve if found guilty to a maximum of 10 years.

The alleged victim reported the sexual assault to village of Walworth police on December 4 of 2013. Golden Years had stated in 2013 that Hendrickson was a temporary employee of the nursing home, however Hendrickson’s defense attorney Mark Powers argued that his client was an employee of Premier Medical Staffing Services, and not an employee of the nursing home facility. Premier provides therapy services to a rehab agency that contracts with Golden Years, therefore it was argued that Hendrickson was not an employee of the retirement/nursing home facility. Upon convincing the court his client was not an employee at Golden Years, the charge was reduced to third-degree sexual assault on June 8.

According to an article at the GazetteXtra, Hendrickson is scheduled to appear at the Walworth County Judicial Center on October 8. He is currently free on a $1,000 cash bond.

Criminal charges of a sexual nature are extremely serious, regardless of what state you live in. In Michigan, a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (involves penetration) can leave the defendant facing up to life in prison if found guilty. Even those offenses considered less serious which result in less prison time, probation, or other penalties may leave the accused labeled a sex offender. Being required to register as a sex offender can negatively impact your life in more ways than you can possibly imagine.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, be sure to have a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney in your corner for the best possible result.

The case of a Grand Rapids woman who was a Catholic high school tutor convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old student is scheduled to be featured on Dateline NBC on Thursday, June 4 according to a news article at Mlive.com. The tutor, 35-year-old Abigail Simon, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one charge of accosting a minor for immoral purposes in November of last year.  apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

According to news reports, Simon provided the victim with a key to her Grand Rapids apartment, where several of the sexual encounters are said to have occurred. The evidence against Simon at trial included more than 1,000 text messages between herself, the student, and friends. In some of the text messages Simon said she wanted to have children with the boy; she also professed her love for the young boy.

Simon’s attorney employed a defense strategy in which the victim was accused of raping and controlling Simon, which would have absolved her of criminal responsibility for the sexual activity, however the defense strategy failed. Simon was sentenced to 8 to 25 years in prison after being found guilty.

The case has gained the attention of the public not only in the U.S., but internationally. It also drew the attention of Dateline NBC producers, who decided to dedicate a one-hour long show to the case. While the victim and his family were not interviewed for the Dateline NBC episode, segments including discussions with Simon and the prosecutor and detectives who investigated the case will be featured. Keith Morrison, who was present at Simon’s sentencing in January of this year, is the reporter who will cover the episode.

Simon is incarcerated at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility near Ypsilanti, where she will remain an inmate until at least 2022, and perhaps until 2039.

Successfully fighting charges of first-degree sexual misconduct requires the legal support and guidance of an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney. The criminal penalties for a conviction are extremely harsh, and will impact your freedom, reputation, and future. Do not face criminal charges of a sexual nature without a capable defense lawyer in your corner.

In November of last year, 26-year-old Adam J. Walker pleaded no contest to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone age 13 through 15, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Walker was initially charged with three counts of first-degree CSC during the commission of a felony; he was also charged with two other felonies related to injuries his grandmother suffered when he attempted to steal her vehicle. Those charges were also dropped by prosecutors in exchange for the plea.11637793_s

As Walker sat in jail following the incident in which his grandmother’s foot was broken as he stole his grandparents’ vehicle, prosecutors charged Walker with three counts of first-degree CSC during the commission of a felony, one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. The warrant alleged that the victim was 13 years old, and that Walker delivered a controlled substance although news reports do not reveal what the drug was.

Walker claimed at his May 2014 arraignment hearing that he did not know anyone with the last name listed on the warrant, which is the name used to identify the alleged victim. He also stressed at his arraignment the fact that he was married.

Ultimately, after Walker pleaded no contest to the three third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, Saginaw County Circuit Judge James T. Borchard to eight years and 10 months to 22 years and six months in prison. He was given credit for more than one year served (386 days). Walker will serve seven-plus years in prison, which was one year less than prosecutors hoped he would serve.

Had walker pleaded not guilty to the initial charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and been found guilty, he would have potentially faced life in prison. In cases involving victims who are younger than 13, the mandatory minimum prison term is 25 years. Additionally, anyone convicted of first-degree CSC will be required to register as a sex offender for life. Compared to potential life in prison, a seven-plus year prison term may not seem so bad.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, child molestation, Internet sex crimes, or any related crime, there may be legal options that will help mitigate the damage to your life. In any case, it is critical to work with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney who will protect your legal rights and fight for the best possible results.

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.