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.
According to St. Louise law enforcement, five men were recently arrested for rape and robbery that took place on November 21. According to authorities, the men broke into a home and raped an 18-year-old female resident. The men also allegedly held the other women in the apartment at gunpoint while they stole a television, cash and other items.
The men were later arrested in a stolen car. Two of the men were charged following the arrest. Charges include armed criminal action, rape, sodomy, kidnapping and burglary. The remaining three men linked to the incident have not been charged at this time. It is unclear what role each of the men may have played, if any, in this horrendous incident.
The charges for sexual violence can vary dramatically. While prison sentences and other penalties may vary, one thing that sex offenses share in common is the requirement that sex offenders participate in post-conviction registration. Post conviction registration requires sex offenders to register with state registries. These laws are also accompanied by sex offender notification laws that make information about offenders available to the public.
The effect that sex offender registration can have on a person's life is very significant. With information about sex offenders available to the general public, every potential employer, potential landlord, and every future neighbor will know about the conviction. That is why it is so important to hire quality counsel and implement a solid defense immediately.
Source: Fox 2 Now, "Two Charged In St. Louis Rape, Robbery Investigation," Vera Culley, Nov. 26, 2012