Approximately a month ago, 28-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a Saudi prince who lives at a Beverly Glen compound, was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a woman who was reportedly seen fleeing from the grounds and bleeding. Al-Saud was arrested on September 23 on suspicion of forced oral copulation of an adult; he was freed on $300,000 bail.
It was determined by a consul liaison with the Los Angeles Police Dept. that Al-Saud did not have diplomatic immunity, and therefore could be tried in the case. However, prosecutors announced recently that felony charges will not be filed in the alleged sexual assaults the Saudi prince has been accused of since the incident, as the evidence is insufficient and the stories of Al-Saud’s accusers cannot be substantiated.
An attorney for the alleged victims said a civil suit will move forward despite the fact no felony charges were filed. The women are claiming assault and battery, emotional distress, sexual discrimination, and retaliation against the workers at the compound.
A news article at Fox News states the case had been referred to the LA city attorney’s office by prosecutors. Misdemeanor charges could still be brought against the sheik.
In some cases such as the one described above, allegations a sexual assault cannot be proven due to a lack of evidence. In most states, the criminal penalties for various sex crimes are severe and may include fines, substantial prison time, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. For many people, being labeled a sex offender is the worst punishment of all as it impacts various aspects of their lives such as employment opportunities, where they may choose to live, and even whether they can obtain a professional license in a chosen career.
In the state of Michigan some sex offenses can leave a person facing a lifetime in prison. Regardless of the facts of your case, it is imperative to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney when you have been charged or are under investigation. It is all too easy for alleged victims to make statements that are not true; these accusations can and do destroy lives. Consult with a capable criminal defense lawyer immediately to ensure your legal rights, freedom, and reputation are protected and vigorously defended.