A case related to sexual assault can grab headlines quickly in today's world. Both parties of the defense and the prosecution can be put under the microscope of public opinion no matter the actual result of the trial.
It appears that the list of criminal charges against a 19-year-old man in the St. Louis area will be growing, as more alleged victims have come forward against him. The Winchester man, who is currently sitting in jail with an increased $30,000 cash bond, is the alleged perpetrator behind numerous instances of sexual abuse involving teenage girls, activity which is being labeled everything from non-consensual intercourse to sexual assault and forcible rape.
Most people in the St. Louis area would agree that being accused any crime would be a nightmare. Even worse is when the crime involves accusations of sexual abuse.
A Hazelwood, Missouri, man was recently accused of, arrested for and charged with statutory rape.
The owner and operator of a laser hair removal clinic in St. Peters, Missouri, has been arrested and charged with a crime related to sexual misconduct. The man, 48, was charged with deviate sexual assault. According to police, a customer reported that the man began touching her in places where she was not having hair removed during a hair removal session. Police also stated that the sexual abuse did not begin until after two prior sessions with the client had occurred without incident.
Two men and a woman in St. Charles County, Missouri, have been arrested and charged with committing sexual abuse. Police allege that they abused three young girls that they were babysitting. The three children are age 5 or younger.
A St. Louis County, Missouri, man has been arrested and charged with sex offenses. Prosecutors charged the man with 10 counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and six counts of attempted statutory sodomy. Police allege that the man committed acts of sexual assault against a girl when she was 10 years old or younger. Bail for the 25-year-old man was set at $75,000.
Changes are likely coming to the sexual abuse laws of Illinois, right across the river from St. Louis, Missouri. The Illinois General Assembly has passed legislation to broaden the scope of the state's law requiring certain persons to report suspected child sexual abuse.
Police say that a St. Louis, Missouri, area man committed sexual abuse against a school-age child more than two decades ago. The man, now 83, was arrested and charged with five counts of sodomy. According to police, the alleged victim, who was between the ages of 5 and 9 at the time the alleged abuse occurred, made a report to investigators in December. Authorities said that the alleged sex offenses happened between 1987 and 1991, when the man's wife had been the boy's babysitter.
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.