Recently, 40-year-old Michael Goodwin of Swedesboro, NJ was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old child. According to news reports, the male victim is the child of Goodwin’s girlfriend who lives in Haverford Township, PA where the offense occurred.
A confidential investigation began about one week ago; according to police, Goodwin was a part-time caretaker for the child. The alleged sexual assault took place at the victim’s home. Goodwin is now facing criminal charges that include indecent assault of a person younger than 13, aggravated indecent assault of a child, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.
News reports do not reveal what led Haverford Township Police to begin investigating the case. Goodwin remained in the Delaware County Jail at last news reports after being unable to post $75,000 cash bail.
In PA, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child is a first-degree felony offense. Essentially, it is the rape of a victim who is younger than 13. Regardless of what state a person allegedly commits this sex offense in, it is extremely serious.
In the state of Michigan, someone charged with having sexual intercourse with a child may face life in prison if found guilty. 1st degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious charge a person may face in Michigan, and involves sexual penetration along with other factors, one of which the victim is under 13 years of age.
Sexual assault cases are sometimes extremely tough to prosecutor, particularly if there is a lack of physical evidence. Children are sexually abused every day; at the same time, people are frequently convicted of serious sex crimes they did not commit. Criminal defendants have a right to a fair trial. In cases such as this, a defendant may be innocent however his/her freedom, reputation, and career may be in jeopardy.
Regardless of the circumstances, it is imperative anyone who has been accused of sexually assaulting a child consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately. Those who are facing loss of their freedom must have a strong advocate who will fight for the best possible result, and provide legal guidance throughout a very frightening and stressful process.