In May of this year, 72-year-old Roland J. Flath, a resident of Fond du Lac Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to charges of traveling in foreign commerce and engaging and attempting to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Flath pleaded guilty in a Milwaukee federal court after being accused in June of 2010 of having sexual relations with a minor in Belize for approximately 4 years, from the time the girl was 10 years old until she was 14. The alleged sex offenses occurred between the years of 2006 and 2010 according to reports.
On September 6, 2012 Flath was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Judge J.P. Stadtmueller of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release.
After being charged in October of 2010, Flath was arrested in February of 2011 by the Guatemalan National Civil Police and extradited to the U.S., where he was again arrested, this time by U.S. Marshals Service and ICE agents.
Belize police reports revealed that in 2007 when the victim was 10 years old, she had gone to Roland Flath’s residence in Belize. After being invited in, Flath showed the girl nude pictures in a book and asked her if she wanted to do what those pictures were depicting, to which the girl answered “no.” Police stated that at that point Flath told the girl she was pretty and removed her blouse. Over the course of the next 4 years the girl visited Flath approximately 30 to 35 times according to reports. The victim stated to police that oral sex and other sexual acts were performed during these visits.
Individuals who are convicted of sex offenses involving minors face severe consequences. Michigan sex crime lawyers know that those accused of statutory rape, child abusive activity, possession of child pornographic materials and other offenses may face substantial prison time, a criminal record and being labeled as a sex offender for a lifetime.
Frequently, individuals are imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. It may be a case of mistaken identity or false accusations. Regardless of the circumstances it is imperative that those arrested for these types of offenses contact an aggressive and competent Michigan sex crimes defense attorney right away. Your lawyer will begin work immediately to have charges against you dismissed or reduced.