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Missouri man charged with rape in St. Louis County

A man from Ferguson, Missouri, was arrested and charged in connection with incidents of alleged sexual assault. The man was accused of rape, in addition to other charges. The 46-year-old man was charged with counts of forcible rape, sodomy and kidnapping, in addition to charges for showing a weapon while committing sexual assault.

According to investigators, the man targeted two alleged victims by separately, treating each of them with kindness to lure them into his house. Police claim that the man then ordered each of the women at gunpoint to have sex with him. The man was jailed on a bond of $250,000.

Before jumping to conclusions about the defendant's guilt in this case, it is important to remember that at an early stage of the investigation it is only the prosecution's side of the store that gets heard. The defense may not get the opportunity to tell its side of the story until the trial.

In order to get a conviction for a crime, the prosecution must prove every element of that crime beyond a reasonable doubt. It has happened on a number of occasions that the prosecution finds it cannot meet this burden, particularly if the defense does a rigorous job of challenging the prosecution's case. Inconsistencies in testimony or unreliable physical evidence may lead the prosecution to revise or drop the criminal charges after the defense presents its case in a strong manner.

When non-consensual intercourse is alleged, the consequences of a conviction are almost always severe. A robust defense is vital in these cases to prevent an unjust outcome.

Source: KMOV-TV News, "Ferguson man accused of coaxing women to his house, raping them on consecutive nights," Nov. 2, 2012

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