Sex crimes can seem like something that only happen somewhere else, separated from us on the other side of an invisible wall, or in an episode of reality T.V. Unfortunately, sex crimes happen every day, all throughout the country. A Kansas City man has been charged with sex crimes after he repeatedly engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl that he met online.
According to federal authorities, the man claimed also be a minor when he communicated with the girl online, justifying his older appearance by saying that he was a cancer survivor and that chemotherapy and radiation therapies caused him to look older.
Not only do the authorities claim that he met with the young girl multiple times to have sex with her, he is also charged with receiving child pornography from her, and sending her pornographic pictures of himself.
The relationship was abruptly ended when authorities caught the man entering her home to meet for sex, after a federal officer had posed online as the young girl. The man requested to come meet up with her and was arrested immediately upon entering the home.
These cases are always heartbreaking, for the many victims that they create and the lives that they place in jeopardy. Still, it is important to remember that all people who are charged with crimes deserve to receive an excellent criminal defense. Furthermore, not all sex crimes are equal, but they often carry the same heavy penalties. For instance, an 18-year old who is in a consensual relationship with a 17-year-old can be convicted as a sex criminal, although very few people would agree that this relationship is equivalent to one between a man in his forties and a 14-year old.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you deserve to be fairly represented and have your rights protected. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand the scope of your charges and fight on your behalf to ensure that your case is heard fairly and your rights remain protected.
Source: Kansas City Star, "KCK man pleads guilty to online enticement of 14-year-old girl for sex," Tony Rizzo, Dec. 12, 2016