When a trusted authority figure in the community faces child solicitation charges, locals may feel a range of emotions. These feelings may range from shock to frustration and even being offended. The person who faces these charges, however, is always considered innocent unless they are proved guilty according to strict legal guidelines. It is the responsibility of the state of Pennsylvania to furnish evidence that establishes guilt in a case involving child solicitation charges.
One authority figure -- a Catholic priest -- is in this situation after police recently arrested him when they caught him in a car with a 15-year-old boy. He faces two felony counts: one for unlawful contact with a minor and one for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The boy did not have pants on.
The priest initially said that he met the boy while working on his homily and was counseling him due to his emotional troubles. He claimed to have confirmed that the boy's age was 18 on three separate occasions. The priest, however, later told police that he had found the boy on Craigslist.
When a person faces child solicitation charges, these charges have to be proved in court. The state must not violate their rights during the arrest or investigation. The government must also prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt because if found guilty, the accused person could face several years in prison as well as other penalties. Someone who faces charges child solicitation charges has the right to defend themselves and is innocent unless and until they are proved guilty in court in Pennsylvania.
Source: The Philly Post, Pennsylvania Priest Caught With 15-Year-Old Boy, Joel Mathis, Sept. 24, 2013