On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Sex Crimes on Monday, April 2, 2012

When someone in Kentucky or elsewhere is accused of committing a sex crime a great deal is at stake. In addition to time behind bars, a person’s reputation may be tarnished. They could have trouble finding a job and even a place to live. Their entire life could be affected.

Late last month, a Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader was indicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices for illegal activities. The woman’s mother was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Officials claim that the cheerleader had a sexual relationship with a high school student where she was formerly a teacher. According to reports, she resigned from the school last fall.

The woman’s mother is a school principal at another school. She is currently on paid administrative leave.

Recently, the two women pleaded not guilty to the charges. A judge also reduced their bond. Bond had been set at $50,000 for the cheerleader, but it was reduced to $15,000. Bond for her mother was set at $30,000, and it was dropped to $15,000.

If convicted on both charges, the cheerleader and former teacher could face up to 10 years in prison.

Sex crimes charges are serious. Although it is not clear how this specific case will turn out, those who have been indicated on sex abuse charges would be wise to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can defend an individual against the charges and do what they can to protect a person’s life and their reputation.

Source: USA Today, “Bengals cheerleader pleads not guilty to sex crime,” Jim Hannah, April 2, 2012