Niles news reports that the latest teen in connection with the Niles High School sex scandal has been sentenced to three years in prison based on his alleged involvement in a teen sex video scandal. The charges arose out of an incident involving five teens.
Trey Nichols was sentenced to three years in prison for assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and 18 months for taking photos of his girlfriend – categorized as “surveilling an unclothed person” under Michigan law.
The assault with intent charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted. Nichols faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the surveilling charge.
Michigan sex crimes are serious matters. If you have been charged with any sex related offense, it is important to consult with an aggressive sex crimes defense attorney in Michigan.
Here, the charges stem from the activities of the boys in videotaping a teen girl having sex with one of the group. Although the girl consented to sex, she allegedly did not know she was being videotaped. The group then threatened to place the video on facebook unless she agreed to have sex with the other boys.
This case has divided the community with some residents categorizing this as “hi-jinks” and others calling it “brutal rape.” One of Nichols’ co-defendants was given a 20-year prison sentence, while another receive seven years for third-degree CSC. Several Niles residents have questioned why the men involved face such harsh sentences for “common high school shenanigans.”
While many believe the individuals involved made bad choices, having your life ruined by facing prison time and being listed on the sex registry is overly severe. As stated one observer, “This is going to prevent him from having a productive life he otherwise would have had.”
When teens are charged with sex crimes it is important to speak with an aggressive sex crimes defense attorney to protect your rights and your future. So much is at stake and whether youthful hi-jinks, bad mistakes or serious missteps, the future of all the teens involved in this case will be forever affected by the outcome of the sex crimes trials.
For more information or if you or your teen has been charged with a Michigan sex crime, contact the aggressive sex crimes defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates for a free, immediate consultation.