Most people believe that if they have been falsely accused of a sex crime, they'll be able to fight the accusations in court and they will face no consequences in Denver, Adams, or Arapahoe County. Unfortunately, even if you are acquitted at trial, you will face many repercussions from the accusations. I came across the perfect example of this the other day in the news: a teacher was accused of Indecent Exposure in the classroom. He went to trial, and was acquitted of the offense. But, now he faces a new obstacle: he must clear his name – even though he is innocent.
Aurora Teacher Accused of Indecent Exposure
According to news reports (which are readily available online), last year, a teacher in an Aurora school was accused of Indecent Exposure. According to two students, the man was masturbating in a classroom while sitting at a desk. The teacher was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure. Indecent Exposure – C.R.S. 18-7-302, is a sex offense in Douglas, Arapahoe, and El Paso County, and across Colorado. This means that a conviction will have harsher implications than a regular offense: the teacher would be required to register as a sex offender, and undergo harsh sex offender treatment overseen by the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). This treatment is unfair. The SOMB's “one-size-fits-all” approach is harsh and unhelpful. Even if the teacher had been guilty of the inappropriate act in the classroom, this sentence is harsh. But, now the possible sentence would be unjust, because the teacher was innocent of the crimes. After only 20 minutes of deliberation at trial, the jury came back with a not guilty verdict. The teacher was free to go following his acquittal. Unfortunately, he now had to face the next step of the fight: restoring his reputation.[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”90%”]It can be difficult to restore your reputation following false accusations.[/pullquote]
People Accused of Sex Crimes Have to Restore their Reputation
We have worked with hundreds of people who have been accused of sexual offenses. Some of them were guilty, many of them were not. Regardless of the outcome of their trial, however, each and every one of them has had to face a harsh reality – their mug shot and name are plastered all over the internet in connection to a sex offense. Unfortunately, the media doesn't care about whether or not justice is reported. Headlines like: “Teacher Accused of Indecent Exposure in Classroom!” garner attention, disgust, and interest. People like to share and discuss vulgar stories – and they rarely care if the accusations are true or not. And, the media doesn't usually publish follow-up stories, stating that a person has been found innocent of the crimes. This goes directly against the Constitutional standard that a person is “innocent until proven guilty.” When it comes to the media, the opposite is true.
Why You Need a Lawyer if You've Been Falsely Accused
If you've been falsely accused of a sex crime, or if you made a mistake and don't want it to affect the rest of your life, contact a top criminal defense lawyer immediately. Look for an attorney who has years of experience defending people accused of sexual crimes. Sex offenses are much more complicated, and require a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to defend in the courtroom. If you've received a summons or complaint, or have been arrested, contact one of our skilled lawyers immediately. Early involvement in your case could eliminate a possible jail sentence and the dismissal of your case. Here at the O'Malley Law Office, we work hard to get the best possible outcome for our clients. And, we fight to win.Request a Free Consultation