Circumstances leading to charges of sexual abuse must be considered along
with allegations of wrongdoing. Published reports of most
sex crimes include little but accusations. Media outlets often do not, will not or
cannot give a full account of the story, which is critical to criminal defense.
A 36-year-old Bergen County man was recently arrested for the sexual assault
of a 15-year-old girl. The man was living in a South Hackensack motel
when he was arrested by a special unit of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
The teenager alleged she had sexual activities one time with the "acquaintance."
The news account did not say where the reported assault took place or
how the girl knew the man. Did the incident happen at the motel? How did
the two meet? What conditions made the teen report the alleged encounter?
The minor's allegations and the suspect's sexual assault and child
welfare endangerment charges were released in police reports. Bail was
set at over $202,000. No more was said about the circumstances involved.
In a separate Bergen County case, a 53-year-old Rutherford man turned himself
in to police after a raid on his home. County officials conducted a computer
search and alleged the suspect viewed and uploaded child porn images on
an unnamed social network.
The suspect is charged with endangering the welfare of minors through possession
and distribution of child pornography.
The reported story did not include what or who tipped off investigators
to the pornography images. Did authorities verify that the computer the
suspect used was his alone? Did anyone else live in the Rutherford residence
who may have had computer access? Did the suspect take pornographic pictures
or did he upload and distribute other peoples' images?
Many published accounts of alleged sex crimes give superficial views. The
criminal defense of sexual abuse allegations is dependent upon details
of the entire story.
"Former Rochelle Park resident faces multiple charges," June 7, 2012