Accusations of sexual assault can be a difficult experience for most defendants.
These charges are even more difficult to deal with when the accusations
involve a child. These types of charges can drastically affect those accused
and their families, if a conviction should occur in a Texas criminal courtroom.
A 52-year-old man faces
criminal charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
The sexual assault reportedly happened while the man’s stepchild
was having a sleepover. According to reports, he went into the room where
the child was sleeping. At that time, he allegedly sexually assaulted
the girl. Authorities placed the man under arrest, and afterward, a grand
jury indicted him with first-degree aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The defendant was being held at a county jail facility on a $100,000 bond.
It’s not known what plea he has entered or if he has secured legal
assistance. No other information about this case has been reported.
A formal accusation of criminal conduct is just that — an accusation
rather than a conviction. Defendants who are facing criminal charges for
sexual assault clearly have a lot at stake, particularly since the state
of Texas seeks to prosecute these types of allegations to the fullest
extent of the law. Defendants who gain knowledge of criminal procedures
and their legal rights can potentially increase the chances of achieving
favorable outcomes in their criminal cases. In the end, it is the sole
burden of government prosecutors to prove each and every element of a
crime charged by evidence that meets the stringent guidelines of our criminal
justice system, and failing that, no conviction is possible.
Source: ktxs.com, “West Texas man, 52, charged with sexually assaulting child“,
Oct. 1, 2014