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.
A Missouri man was arrested by the University of Missouri Police Department and accused of felony forcible rape, felony burglary and felony forcible sodomy in connection with an incident that happened on campus 13 years ago. According to police, a female student sleeping in her unlocked dormitory room was wakened early in the morning by a man who then perpetrated a sexual assault on her. Police say that they were able to collect DNA evidence from the clothing of the alleged victim in this case.
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.
A man from Warren County, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of having committed a sex crime with an underage girl.
Most people in Missouri are acquainted with various incidents where school personnel are accused of inappropriate conduct with a student. These kinds of accusations are now being leveled against an employee at a high school in the St. Louis area who has been accused of statutory rape.
A Hazelwood, Missouri, man was recently accused of, arrested for and charged with statutory rape.
A 24-year-old male psychiatric patient of a Creve Coeur, Missouri, hospital was arrested after a female patient there claimed that he raped her at the facility. The female patient, 19, told police that the rape occurred in a "quiet room" adjacent to a lounge on the floor where the hospital's behavioral health program is located. Police said that the two were being supervised in the lounge when they left separately. They were later found together in the quiet room, according to police.
When the topic of cultural differences comes up in St. Louis, Missouri, most people think of the diverse traditions of the various ethnic groups that live in the city. Cultural differences usually do not result in criminal charges.
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.