According to a news release issued on Tuesday, June 3 by the Cass County Attorney’s Office, a 45-year-old Walker, Minnesota resident has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for raping a woman. Darren Joseph Sayers pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony charge.
Sayers is accused of having sexual intercourse with a woman who was mentally impaired or physically helpless in September of last year. Sayers was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for harassment, stalking, and intent to injure in 2009. News reports indicate that once released from prison, Sayers will be required to register as a predator. Minnesota’s BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) predatory offender registration is similar to Michigan’s sex offender registry in that the public is given access to the names, addresses, and other information regarding individuals who are considered predators or a potential danger to others. Ultimately, both registries work to enhance public safety.
In Michigan, an individual who is accused of engaging in a sexual act that involves penetration with someone who is physically or mentally incapacitated may be charged with first- or third-degree criminal sexual conduct, depending on the details of the case. First-degree CSC is the most serious of all sex offenses in Michigan, and is punishable by a maximum prison term of life in prison. An individual found guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct may face up to 15 years behind bars. In either case, it is likely the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for a specific time period or for the rest of his or her life, depending on the crime.
Being labeled a sex offender negatively impacts a person’s life far more than he or she would ever imagine. Anyone, including friends, neighbors, employees, or co-workers, can find information about registered sex offenders online. Sex offenders often cannot possess firearms, and can only live where it is permitted. Employment opportunities are severely limited as well.
Regardless of the offense you have been accused of, it is critical that you obtain the legal support and guidance of a capable, aggressive Michigan sex crime defense lawyer. There are many legal options which may be to your benefit; being charged or arrested for sexual assault does not mean you will be convicted.