On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Sex Crimes on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When people in Kentucky are accused of crimes, their reputation and future career options may be affected. However, when people are accused of sex offenses, people in the public may view them as guilty long before a conviction has been secured.

A 77-year-old Kentucky man faces sexual abuse charges. From 1965 until now, authorities say the man abused young relatives in his family. He faces 34 charges, including indecent or immoral practices with a child and rape of a child younger than 12.

Authorities began investigating the man after they became aware of allegations that he abused a 6-year-old girl. Five people in total claim the man abused them. They are all relatives of the man.

The man was arrested on June 21. Bond was first set at $10,000. However, it was recently increased to $100,000.

The man’s trial will not start until March 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Although the charges against the man are quite serious, people must remember that the Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to a public trial. A conviction can only be secured after prosecutors have proven an individual’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In addition to a public trial, people are also entitled to a strong criminal defense. That means an attorney will investigate the evidence in a case, challenge the prosecution’s claims and work towards a favorable outcome for the accused.

In some instances, that may mean an acquittal. In other instances, when a person is convicted of a crime, an attorney will do what they can to mitigate any potential penalties.

Source: The Courier-Journal, “77-year-old arraigned after indictment on sexual assault charges,” June 25, 2012