On February 1 it was announced Toronto police had arrested a man wanted in connection with what was called an alleged “historic” sex assault. 41-year-old Ryan McCombe, a tutor, is accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls who came to his home on various occasions between 2008 and 2014.
According to news reports, a 13-year-old girl went to a residence for math tutoring in 2008; she claims she was sexually assaulted by McCombe between June and September of that year. In a separate case, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by McCombe between September of 2012 and October of 2014 when she went to the residence for tutoring.
McCombe was charged in the 2008 case early last month; the second incident was revealed only recently, and police believe there may be other victims as well. While none of the allegations have been proven in court, he now faces criminal charges including sexual exploitation, possessing child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and two counts of sexual assault.
Cases of alleged sexual assault of minors by teacher, coaches, tutors, and others in positions of authority are quite common today. While some of the allegations are fact, others are not. In this case, why has it been almost eight years between the time the 13-year-old was sexually assaulted and the suspect’s arrest? Some younger victims never say anything at the time, only to reveal what was done to them when they become adults. In some cases, the accusations may be completely fabricated. It is extremely difficult to know whether a person who is accused of committing a sex-related offense is guilty or innocent, particularly when so much time has passed and there may be a complete lack of physical evidence. Many times it’s a case of “he said, she said.”
In Michigan, the criminal penalties for sexual assault and child pornography are extremely harsh. Not only may an individual face prison time and other punishment, he/she will also likely b required to register as a sex offender – sometimes for life. Being a known sex offender can literally ruin your life, dictating where you can or cannot work, live, and more. Even when a person is wrongly accused, he or she often lives under a cloud of suspicion.
Anyone in the Lansing or Detroit areas who has been arrested or is under investigation for sexual assault, rape, child pornography, or any related offense must contact a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately. It is vital to protect your legal rights, freedom, and future early on; do not wait.