Anyone facing criminal charges may be greatly concerned about how such charges will affect their lives, even if they are acquitted. This is especially true of accusations sex crimes, particularly if they involve a minor. A recent incident in Ohio shows just how serious these types of crimes can be.
Two Ohio men -- a son, age 21, and a father, age 46, -- have been accused of committing several sex crimes. The charges stem from an incident in which the men are alleged to have transported women, including a minor, to a hotel in Columbus and solicited them over the Internet as prostitutes. In addition, the father is alleged to have provided the women with heroin on the condition that they hold themselves out as prostitutes. He also reportedly said he would murder them if they attempted to escape. The pair are now facing charges of transporting women for prostitution in exchange for heroin and sex trafficking involving a minor, both federal charges.
It goes without saying that these accusations are extremely serious. Not only could a conviction result in harsh penalties, such as a lengthy prison sentence and having to register as a sex offender, but the mere accusation of sex crimes can have a detrimental effect on a person's personal life and professional life.
When this happens, it is imperative for the accused to fight the charges against them. Sometimes, when a case is dependent on the reports of witnesses, these accounts can be cross-examined in court. Doing so can cast doubt on the accuracy of such statements. In addition, other evidence can be examined in a way that is favorable to the defendant.
In the end, it is up to the prosecution to prove the accused committed the crime. Oftentimes, they cannot meet this burden, resulting in a not guilty verdict and allowing the accused to walk free.
Source: Hudson Hub-Times, "OHIO FATHER AND SON FACE SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES," May 22, 2014