A 27-year-old man was arrested in Columbia, Missouri, on December 15. He was accused of solicitation of a minor.
Unfortunately, when someone in Missouri or elsewhere is accused of committing a sexual assault, a familiar pattern tends to emerge. Most people assume that the defendant is guilty even before the defendant and the defense attorney get to present the defendant's side of the story.
Fans of the University of Missouri men's basketball team have likely heard about criminal allegations leveled against a member of the team. Despite the allegations, prosecutors recently decided not to file charges of rape against the former player.
Sexual violence should always be taken seriously. If a person is found guilty of a sexual violence crime, regardless of the specific charges, they are not only eligible for jail time, but they may also have to register with the Sex Offender Registry for life. This is a penalty that can have very serious, long-term consequences, affecting everything from employment to housing. This is also something a few St. Louis men are facing at this very moment.