A 23-year-old man recently went before the Catawba County Criminal Superior Court in North Carolina, facing accusations that he had committed numerous sex crimes. As a result, it was determined that he should spend 26 months in jail. This is not the man’s first experience with sex crimes that involve minors.
In fact, the man had already been convicted for crimes that took place in Missouri, back in 2009. At that time, his conviction indicated that he was guilty of sexual misconduct, a felony charge, that involved a minor who was under the age of 15.
The most recent incidents took place both in 2013 and in February of this year. The list of convictions started with charges for indecent liberties, and they also involved a child, though the age was not listed. He was charged with sexually exploiting someone who was still a minor, a third degree charge.
It appears that the man had not told authorities that he was living at a new address, as he was required to do since he had been convicted in the past. He had also gone in an area that was designated for children, which is not permitted due to that prior conviction. All of these charges are felonies.
There is a chance that he could be in prison for as many as 41 months, with 26 being the minimum. He is also going to have to add his name to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, where it will stay for the rest of his life.
Regardless of the alleged crimes, everyone has a right to a fair trial, and they also deserve to get a sentence, if convicted, that is deemed to be just in accordance with applicable laws and legal precedents.
Source: WCNC, “Convicted offender gets 26 months for child sex crimes” Aug. 07, 2014