A story from baltimoresun.com reported that a former Catholic priest faces child sexual abuse charges for alleged acts that took place over 30 years ago in Ocean City. The accused 64-year-old man is from North Carolina, which is the location where he has been arrested and where he is being held. According to the report, law enforcement received a complaint of the sexual assault this past spring regarding incidents that allegedly occurred between the years of 1977 and 1982. A spokesman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests stated that a lawsuit filed against the arrested man in June relates to the same alleged victim who is from Baltimore County and is now in his 40s.
Sex crimes in Maryland, such as indecent exposure, rape, sexual assault, and prostitution, are all very serious offenses that can result in consequences that will forever affect the lives of a convicted individual and his or her family. These cases can be even more complex when allegations are made by children or if the alleged sex offenses are said to have involved child molestation. An accused individual does not need to be a priest to experience the negative effects of societal scorn, which often happens even before a sex crime case goes to trial. Any person charged with a sex crime risks having their reputation tarnished. Although some Maryland residents learning about the recent sexual abuse allegations may wonder if there are other victims who have kept silent regarding this particular priest, it is important to remember that every person accused of such crimes is innocent until proven guilty.
Being charged with a sexual offense can be an overwhelming experience that often leaves a person feeling confused about their legal rights and options. Child molestation cases, in particular, can be quickly blown out of proportion by the media, leaving the accused feeling the weight of the consequences he or she may face if convicted.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in the State of Maryland, it is extremely important for you to be informed of your rights. It may also be in your best interest to seek legal representation from an attorney who has years of experience handling sexual assault cases. At Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, our skilled Maryland criminal defense lawyers can work to aggressively defend your rights to protect your name and help you get your life back. Contact the criminal defense law firm of Alpert Schreyer today by calling (301) 321-7277 for a free and confidential case evaluation.