Few allegations are more incendiary than sex offenses involving minors. For R. Kelly, a decades-long history of rumors, accusations and quietly settled lawsuits finally came to a head, culminating in serious criminal charges. But before charges were even filed, the R&B singer-songwriter's career - and reputation - were in ruins.
His lighthearted, family-friendly image long gone, comedian Bill Cosby is serving a prison sentence of three to ten years at a state correctional institute in Pennsylvania. The sentence came down months after Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman. With good behavior, he'll likely serve only three years.
A former wrestling coach in North Carolina is facing serious allegations of sexual misconduct with his athletes, according to recent news reports. The defendant, age 46, is accused of 20 felony sex crimes, including statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child, among others. The man is accused of assaulting three former wrestlers at the East Gaston High School during a six-year span.
To say that Miriam Weeks has been "criticized" for her work as a porn star is an understatement. On a post she wrote on XOJane.com shortly after she was outed by a fellow classmate, in which she reveals for the first time her stage name ("Belle Knox") she described the vitriol and hate that spewed forth on Twitter, characterized by her subheading: "I've never been told to die in quite so many ways."
Leaving the state doesn't mean leaving behind outstanding criminal charges. A Charlotte man was recently arrested in New York on three outstanding warrants related to sex crimes allegations here in North Carolina.
Solicitation of a minor to commit an unlawful sex act by a computer or other electronic means is made criminal by N.C. G.S. § 14-202.3. If you are 16 or older and "entice, advise, coerce, order or command" a minor under the age of 16 and who is at least five years younger than you are to meet with you to engage in an unlawful sex act, you can be charged with solicitation of a minor in North Carolina.
Sex crime investigations are kicked off for many reasons. One of those is, of course, that a criminal sex act actually occurred. Unfortunately, there are many other reasons that innocent people find themselves facing false accusations of a sex offense.
If you are facing criminal charges related to a sexually-based offense, whether you are being investigated or have already been arrested and charged, you need an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer. The penalties for sex crimes are harsh, in both the North Carolina criminal justice system and the federal system.
A unanimous decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals appeared to pave the way for removal of social networking restrictions on convicted sex offenders, until the NC Supreme Court stepped in and reinstated the ban, at least temporarily. According to the Court of Appeals, the restrictions against using sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and other online communication tools were an unconstitutional restriction on the free speech of those who've been convicted of a sex offense.