After spending more than five months in a jail, a St. Clair County jury found Toney McRae not guilty of criminal sexual assault.
The jury deliberated only 2 hours before setting McRae free.
The Times Herald reports that McRae, 44, of North Carolina was a door-to-door salesman and was accused of raping a Port Huron woman after she answered the door. The jury disagreed, finding that no scientific nor any physical evidence existed to support the allegations.
Though McRae is ecstatic to be returning home, he will not get those months back that were wasted while being imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.
Unfortunately, the reality is that many innocent people are falsely accused of and wrongfully charged with criminal sexual conduct or criminal sexual assault. Michigan law requires only an allegation of wrongdoing be made, no physical or scientific evidence is required to charge -and in some circumstances convict – an individual of sexual assault.
If convicted, an individual faces possible jail time and mandatory placement of their names on the sex offender registry. Placing one’s name on the sex offender registry can affect one’s everyday life, including the loss of job opportunities, educational opportunities and the freedom to live of visit where you choose.
Because you can be charged based on only an accusation of criminal sexual assault and the consequences are so severe, it’s crucial you contact a skilled sex crimes defense attorney immediately in order to prepare the best possible defense and to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
Please contact Grabel & Associates, a premier Michigan Sex Crimes Defense firm, if you or a loved one has been accused of criminal sexual assault or any other sex crime.