Criminal activity can include a myriad of actions. From misdemeanors to felonies, the range of long-term consequences and penalties is just as great as the range of crimes or alleged crimes. Our country’s system of criminal law protects the rights of all parties and ensures that anyone arrested for and charged with a crime can have access to a proper defense and this includes in Arizona. This is because of the understood point that a person is always innocent until proven guilty.
An 18-year old resident of the San Tan Valley will be in need of this defense guarantee now as he approaches the date of his arraignment for multiple felony offenses. After an initial arrest, he was freed when posting bail but has subsequently been arrested again and remains in jail without the option to post bond for the time being. It is unclear if this will change after the arraignment or not. He has been suspended from his high school.
The allegations against him assert that, over the course of three years, he sexually assaulted, molested, abused or had inappropriate sexual conduct with as many as 18 girls. Each of the supposed victims was between the age of 13 and 17 at the time of the purported incidents. In all, there are 10 charges of sexual abuse, one for child molestation, seven for sexual assault and another nine for sexual conduct with a minor against him.
People who face such serious charges could be subject to many years in jail if a criminal conviction is achieved. Working with a private defense attorney may be advised as a way to get the best defense possible.
Source: KPHO.com, “Pinal teen sex assault suspect faces arraignment,” Phil Benson, Jonathon Lowe, Allyson Blair and Shawn Kline, May 15, 2014