When an individual is accused of sex crimes connected to children, the response of the community is one of outrage and anger. Once an arrest has been made for child pornography or similar crimes, details about the accused are quickly spread by the media, along with details of the alleged crimes. What many in Pennsylvania fail to realize is that many of these charges never make it before a court of law, and a good volume of those that do result in acquittal or dismissal of the charges. By that time, however, the reputation of the accused has already sustained irreparable damage.
One man is currently in the midst of a media storm surrounding accusations that he raped two teenage girls repeatedly and that he took multiple sexually explicit photos of the girls. The federal charges against him include three counts of producing child pornography, as well as one count of possession of child pornography. The charges are linked to photographs that the man allegedly took with his cell phone.
The 37-year-old man is currently being held in custody until his trial. It is not known how he plans to respond to the charges against him. Police state that the man has "acknowledged" having sexual relations with the teenage girls and taking photos of them. However, no details have been made available concerning how those statements were obtained.
As the Pennsylvania case continues, additional details may become available. While crimes against children are certainly among the most deplorable acts that an individual can commit, it is important to remember that not all criminal charges result in convictions. Not everyone accused of child pornography is guilty, but anyone who is charged with such a crime is fully entitled to the benefit of the doubt before the court presiding over the criminal charges.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "Man charged with child rape also faces federal charges", March 17, 2015