When Pennsylvania police knock on a person's door and search his or her home, life may become instantly challenging in many ways. If a search leads to an arrest or criminal charges, the negative impact of the situation may be immediate and long-lasting. In a recent incident involving suspected child pornography, one man lost some of his personal liberties as soon as he was arraigned.
The man is a 43-year-old music teacher who is also said to hold a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University. Advertisements for his music lessons state that he instructs nearly 50 students per week who range in ages from eight to 65. Since he was accused of receiving child pornography via email, he has been barred from any internet usage, as well as forbidden to have contact with children without supervision.
The music teacher was released from jail on an unsecured bail of $50,000. This means that in order to be set free, he agreed to appear in court at a certain date and time and will be held accountable for the bail money if he fails to adhere to the agreement. His hearing has been scheduled for late October 2016.
It would obviously be very stressful to face child pornography charges in a Pennsylvania community where one is well-known and respected. In some situations, such accusations turn out to be false. Regardless of the outcome, any person charged has the right to fair treatment during a preliminary hearing and all other interactions with law enforcement agents and court officials. To protect one's rights, it is advisable to act alongside competent defense assistance.
Source: phillyvoice.com, "Abington Township man charged with distributing child porn", Sept. 9, 2016