When police and other authorities expend a great deal of time and resources in a particular area, they are often eager to show that they are making progress. While a desire for justice can be admirable, that eagerness can result in some potential problems, including the violation of the rights of suspects or charges that are not supported by evidence. As a result, two men suspected of sex crimes in California will likely want to examine all details of their case in order to ensure that their rights were not violated and that they receive a fair trial.
Police say that the two men, a 68-year-old and 66-year-old, were recently arrested following a year long investigation. Reports indicate that police began to suspect the two men of sex crimes after receiving a tip from a woman in her 20s who was working with police on an unrelated matter. The men were arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including pimping and solicitation of prostitution, among other crimes.
The men are accused of running a prostitution scheme through a members-only website in which clients negotiated with alleged victims for sexual acts. Members, who were reportedly vetted before being allowed access to the website, paid $100 a year or $15 a month for membership. Police believe that over 50,000 people, including clients and victims, used the site over the course of several years.
Accusations of sex crimes are often shocking. Because of that, it is easy to make assumptions of guilt regardless of the available evidence. Despite this, people in California and across the country are presumed innocent unless and until proved otherwise and can only be found guilty if there is sufficient evidence to remove reasonable doubt.
Source: La Jolla, Ca. Patch, "Pimping Arrests Made in San Diego Online Sex Enterprise", Maggie Avants, June 14, 2016