What is the difference between first and second-degree sexual assault? If a person is convicted of sexual assault, what penalties can that person face? Will that person be required to register on Wisconsin's sex offender registry? Recently, a retired Milwaukee County Board chairman may be asking these and other similar questions after being accused of sexual assault.
When people in Milwaukee and elsewhere have been charged with a sexual offense they face potential consequences that can affect their lives and the lives of their loved ones in the present and future. A sex crimes conviction could lead to prison time, fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender. It is important that a person facing a serious sex crimes charge seek help in creating a strategic defense plan. A defense plan may help reduce the penalties the accused may face. In Milwaukee, a man who faced sexual assault and other charges has been given a plea deal for the second time.
As in most communities, a defendant that has been convicted of a sex offense in Milwaukee will likely endure lifelong challenges. Some defendants may have their private information displayed on Wisconsin's Sex Offender Registry. Employers, co-workers and neighbors have access to this information; the defendant may face severe public scrutiny and find it difficult to find employment. Three men may experience these hardships after being charged with child sexual assault.
When a person has been charged with or convicted of sexual assault, the accused may be presented with enduring consequences. If the person has been convicted of sexual assault, the person's private information is placed on public registers. This information is on full display to potential employers, which makes it extremely difficult to find a job. Not only may the person struggle in finding a job, the person will likely face prejudice from the community they choose to reside in.
DNA is widely used as evidence in criminal trials. In Wisconsin and across the country, this DNA evidence can be used in two ways: either to link an individual to a crime, or to prove his or her innocence. While DNA testing can be accurate, there are times when this evidence should be challenged. A man in Wisconsin is currently struggling with this very battle, as he has been accused of a crime that occurred more than 20 years ago. It was alleged that in 1989 he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.
Individuals charged with child sex crimes often feel at a complete loss because the public and media often make harsh judgments before even knowing the facts of a case. Sometimes people who used to be friends no longer are, and even family members might turn their backs after hearing of a sex crime allegation. In Wisconsin, public response to charges of Internet sex crimes tends to be no different.
This week's post relates in many ways to the topic of last week's entry: should consensual sex between teenagers result in jail time? As Wisconsin residents likely know, the matter isn't exactly cut and dry. Still, more often than not, criminal complaints are written to make conviction seem the only possible outcome of court proceedings. That is why a solid criminal defense will call into question the validity of a police report or a prosecutor's complaint, placing the burden of proof squarely on the prosecution and not on the defendant.
A Wisconsin teenager recently avoided a prison term after being sentenced for serious sexual assault charges. The terms of the sentence given to the teenager were 18 months in prison and 18 months of extended supervision, but the judge stayed the sentence and placed the teenager on probation for five years. The judge reprimanded the teen and advised him that if he violates the terms of his probation, he will be sent to prison. If he behaves and meets all conditions of his probation, the teen will not see any prison time -- at least not for the latest sexual assault convictions (he was previously sentenced to a year in the Racine County Jail in another sexual assault case from Walworth County involving the same victims).The teen was most recently convicted on two counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child and stood accused of having sexual relations with three teenage boys in Racine County. According to the boy's lawyer, the victims also happened to be his friends. The boys apparently met when they were 10 or 11 years old. At the time of the alleged assaults, the accused teenager was 17, and the younger boys were 14 years old.
A 25-year-old Wisconsin man recently pled guilty in La Cross County Circuit Court to third degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The incident that led to the charges did not become a criminal case until the father of the alleged victim found out that she was pregnant.Reportedly, the story leading up to the initial charges involved an online interaction between the young man and a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook. Prosecutors claimed that the two agreed to meet in August 2010 at a public park, where they reportedly had sex in a bathroom. When the father of the girl discovered that she was pregnant, he reported the situation to the police.
Residents of Stevens Point, Wisconsin may have been surprised to learn that sexual assault allegation have been brought against a local teacher. The 39-year-old Stevens Point teacher was charged in court after authorities said he began sexually assaulting a teenage girl shortly after the death of his wife. The man was a technology education teacher at Stevens Point Area Senior High.