People accused of sex offenses often face an uphill battle to prevent being convicted. This is especially true for someone who is already in prison for a sex crime. This situation unfolded recently in St. Louis, Missouri, and did not end well for the accused, despite his contention that he was innocent.
Defending oneself against sexual offenses can be a tall task in Missouri. When allegations are made involving children, the task gets all the tougher. A man from Ballwin, Missouri, who was a Cub Scout leader will now find that out for himself.
Many times, people in Missouri who are charged with sex offenses are presumed to be guilty, whether or not they are ultimately convicted of any charges. Six Missouri men had been facing this stigma since 2009, when they were all charged with various sex crimes, including rape, regarding members of their family. However, the men recently received good news when a prosecutor announced that she would be dropping all charges against them.
A Missouri man faces charges of promoting child pornography after federal agents allegedly connected images found in other states to a camera found in the man's home by local police officers. The man is also charged with first-degree invasion of privacy for manufacturing obscene material of a nude child in a shower.
The child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University has brought a renewed focus on requiring the reporting of apparent crimes by adult witnesses. In the Penn State case, an assistant coach allegedly witnessed abuse firsthand, but reported it only to his supervisors at the school rather than to police, and those supervisors also did not report the abuse to law enforcement authorities.