When it comes to criminal behavior, "intention" can sometimes cause as much grief as the action itself. At least, that is what happened to one Kansas City man, who was recently sentenced to a 10-year prison term for intention of sexual abuse on a child.
A 36-year-old man, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of attempting to entice a child and attempted statutory rape of a child he never laid eyes on. Each charge carried a 10-year sentence. The two sentences are to be served concurrently. The man is appealing the sentences and currently out on bond while he awaits his appeal.
The charges are based on what began as online conversations between the man and a Platte County deputy, who the man believed was the mother of a 13-year-old girl. The online correspondence included a detailed plan of the proposed rape, sodomy and abuse of the 13-year-old engineered by the accused.
Apparently, to seal the deal, the man carried through his plan as far as checking into the hotel where he planned to meet the child. He allegedly had brought items with him intended for use in the sexual encounter.
Whether the accused man was the solicitor or had been solicited in the online encounter with the deputy is not known. The prosecutor built his case off of what he calls a "deliberate," "detailed," and "disgusting" plan of abuse.
Sexual abuse and molestation accusations not only carry heavy penalties, but even if the charges don't stick, the stigma attached to one's reputation usually does. This is one battle that may be hard to overcome, but a conviction can do even more damage to one's life. Having to register as a sex offender carries its own consequences. It may dictate where a person lives, what professions he or she can have and who he or she can associate with.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you need to begin working on your defense right away. If the evidence against you is undeniable, you may still be able to do damage control by knowing all of your options. For instance, a simple mistake by law enforcement could render evidence invalid. With a good legal defense, you may be able to have the charges reduced or possibly even thrown out.
Source: The Kansas City Star, "Kansas City man gets 10 years in prison for intended child sexual abuse acts," Brian Burnes, May. 22, 2015