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Sex crimes: Teacher accused of sexual assault

A person accused of a sex-related crime may not be aware of how serious these types of charges may be. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the crime charged, a jury may rush to conviction, particularly if the defendant has not secured an effective criminal defense. Sex crimes carry significant punishment, not to mention the negative effect they can have on a person's personal and professional life. This could be what one teacher is facing since Florida authorities have accused him of sex crimes involving a minor.

Authorities say that the teacher gave a ride home to a 16-year-old girl from a local Boys & Girls Club where he worked. Officers say that the man stopped in a parking lot and engaged in a sex act with the girl. Afterwards, one of the girl's friends reported the alleged incident to the local sheriff's office. The man says that the girl told him she was 19, not 16.

Police arrested the man and charged him with felony sexual assault/unlawful sexual activity with a minor and being an authority figure soliciting/engaging in sexual conduct with a student. The man has worked as a teacher at the local high school, but will be reassigned to a job that does not involve students until the investigation is complete. He's also been suspended from his job at the Boys & Girls Club. He has been ordered not to have any contact with the girl.

A charge like this one can drastically alter a person's life. Conviction can result in not just a fine or jail time, but damage to a person's reputation and prospects for employment. Those who are charged with any kinds of sex crimes here in Florida should ensure they have a sound criminal defense and are working with an attorney to facilitate the best possible outcome.

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