Battle Creek news reports that charges of fourth-degree sexual assault against a Marshall pastor were dismissed this past week.
The charges stemmed from a 14-year-old girl’s statements that the pastor – Matthew Brown – had allegedly sent her sexually suggestive messages on Facebook and that he touched her upper thigh. Criminal sexual conduct fourth-degree involves touching of an intimate body part without some form of penetration. If convicted, the penalties are severe and include potential prisons sentences and mandatory placement of your name on the Michigan sex crimes registry.
If you have been charged with any sex crime, it is critical to contact an experienced Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer immediately to protect your reputation and begin preparing your defense.
Brown’s trial was set to Tuesday, but prosecutors dismissed the case after a judge ruled that the alleged statements were hearsay and prosecutors were unable to verify that Brown sent them. In sex crimes cases, charges may be filed solely on the basis an alleged victim’s statements. As a result, many times arrests are made and charges filed with little or no physical evidence. When challenged, these statements may not hold up in court. In the meantime, the accused’s life has been turned upside down.
If you have been charged with any sex crime, contact an aggressive sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible to challenge the evidence and protect your freedom.
For more information, or if you are facing any sex crimes charges, contact the dedicated sex crimes defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates.