When an individual takes advantage of a child for the purpose of sexual
gratification, the matter is taken very seriously by both law enforcement
and the courts in New Jersey. The protection of children is a serious
responsibility, and there are few things that are more harshly condemned than
sex crimes against a child. That said, it is important to note that not everyone
accused of such heinous crimes is in fact guilty, and none of us should
ever rush to judgment when criminal charges are first announced.
An example is found in the case of a Jersey City music teacher who is accused
of sexually assaulting a young girl for whom he was hired to provide violin
lessons. The accusations include multiple sex charges as well as a charge
of making terroristic threats. The period of abuse is said to have ranged
from when the girl was 6 years of age until she was 8 years old.
During the first day of trial, the teacher's defense attorney pointed
out that while DNA evidence was found on the girl's underwear, the
DNA testing that followed did not conclusively link the violin teacher
to the crime. In addition, she went on to point out that if the man did
in fact sexually abuse the girl as claimed, there would have been a great
deal of physical evidence, as well as evidence of pain or trauma that
the child had suffered. She also questioned why a small child would voluntarily
return to weekly lessons with a man who was causing her physical pain
and not make an effort to stop the lessons.
As the case moves on, the jury will review all of the evidence and hear
testimony on the matter before making a determination. While the outcome
of the case is not yet known, a great deal of damage has been done to
the man's reputation within his New Jersey community. Even if he is
ultimately found not guilty of these serious sex crimes, his ability to
earn a living as a music teacher to young children has surely been damaged,
perhaps beyond repair.
Source: nj.com, "Jersey City music teacher rewarded girl with dollar bills after sex act,
prosecutor says", Michaelangelo Conte, Sept. 16, 2015