Those who believe they are the victims of crimes have the right to seek justice. However, those accused of crimes also have certain rights that must be upheld in the pursuit of justice. Unfortunately, when allegations involve sex crimes, it is easy to forget that the accused are presumed innocent until proved otherwise. A couple in California is likely experiencing this firsthand after both were recently arrest.
The couple, a 32-year-old woman and 42-year-old man, are accused of molesting at least 10 children from their neighborhood. The allegations were originally made by a 12-year-old boy who reported that he had been abused while at the couple's house in 2015. According to reports, the abuse occurred while playing a game at the couple's house. A child would allegedly be taken to a room away from others in the home where they were molested and then threatened into silence.
A search of the couple's house was conducted in March. Although reports indicate that the search led to the arrests, it is unclear what was discovered. While charges against the couple involve the alleged abuse of 10 children, police say that there could be more victims. Both are being held on bond. If convicted, the woman could face up to 10 years in jail, while the man could face a sentence of more than 100 years.
In order to meet the burden of proof required to obtain a conviction, California prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In many cases involving sex crimes, especially when the only evidence is an alleged victim's testimony, this standard is difficult to meet. Because of the serious nature of the accusations and potential consequences of conviction, experienced defense attorneys could help the defendants choose the best courses of action for their circumstances.
Source: inquisitr.com, "California Couple Arrested For Sexually Molesting At Least 10 Children While Playing 'Seven Minutes In Heaven'", Lindsay McCane, April 15, 2016