An arrest and possible conviction on any kind of sex offense deals a devastating blow to the defendant's life. Sex offense accusations involving children increase the stakes even more, further threatening the defendant's reputation and freedom. State police officials and prosecutors typically launch aggressive campaigns against those accused of such crimes with an end goal of putting the defendants behind bars.
For one 62-year-old Raleigh man facing three counts of first-degree sexual acts with a female child under the age of 13, the nightmare is just beginning. Reports indicate that the defendant knew the child and allegedly carried out sexual acts with her between June 2013 and July 2014. Worsening the situation, the police have also charged the man with "taking indecent liberties with a child." It is unclear if these additional charges involve the same child.
News reports indicate that the 62-year-old was making plans to flee the country at the time of his arrest. As such, a magistrate set an extremely high bail in the amount of $3 million, labeling the defendant a "flight risk." It is possible these allegations that the man was preparing to flee will continue to hurt his case in other ways as well.
Facing sex offense accusations is a frightening experience and it is understandable that the defendant simply wanted to flee the nightmare. However, in today's modern world, it is nearly impossible to hide from the law. A better option for the defendant would have been to contact a North Carolina criminal defense attorney to explore a defense strategy. Taking matters into one's own hands can often do more harm than good, especially when allegations of sexual misconduct involve young children.
Source: The News & Observer, "Officials say Raleigh man charged with child-sex offenses while ready to flee U.S.," Aug. 26, 2015