A young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted on Saturday morning, August 11th at the Whiting Hotel in Traverse City. The 19-year-old woman was at the hotel, according to Traverse City police, when a male acquaintance showed up at her hotel room. Reports state that after letting the man in, he sexually assaulted the woman who then lost consciousness after he choked her.
While reports of the incident are likely accurate, Michigan sex crimes defense lawyers know that many accusations of sexual assault or other misconduct are falsely made, often by those who have a grudge against the alleged perpetrator or who want to “get even.” Many innocent people face life-altering consequences for crimes they were falsely accused of or did not commit.
News reports state that after losing consciousness, the alleged victim woke up to find that the man was beating her with his fists and spitting on her. The woman attempted to leave the room at one point, but was pulled back in by the man who continued to assault her, according to the story she told police. She also told them that at some point during the altercation she locked herself in the bathroom for approximately an hour, and that another resident of the hotel helped her report the assault and obtain clothing.
After obtaining a search warrant, police went to the man’s room and arrested him. He was charged with criminal sexual assault and kidnapping. The 19-year-old woman was transported by Northflight ambulance to Munson Medical Center for treatment of injuries to her face and neck area. Some news reports claim the man who was arrested in connection with the crime was drunk when he showed up at the victim’s room.
Frequently, cases involving sexual assault are a bit cloudy as often there is little physical evidence and no witness to the crime. An accuser may lack credibility, but it often comes down to whether the alleged victim or the accused seems more credible. This means that an innocent person may be convicted of a crime he or she did not commit, and put behind bars for years. A permanent criminal record will also haunt the accused for the rest of his or her life.
Whether guilty or innocent of the charges against you, it is critical that you obtain the services of a skilled Michigan rape defense attorney who will advocate on your behalf and provide you with exceptional legal counsel, guidance and expertise.