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Prison warden arrested following accusations of sex crimes

A person's memory often works in surprising ways. As time passes, memories become fuzzy and less accurate. Despite the lack of reliability of memories, one man in California has recently been arrested, accused of sex crimes that allegedly happened approximately two decades before the accusations were made.

Police claim that a victim made the accusations about the now 45-year-old man who works as an associate prison warden at a women's facility. The allegations were said to have been investigated for several months. The man was recently arrested without incident and now faces several charges, including lewd or lascivious acts. His bail was set at $350,000.

Details regarding the allegations are scarce. However, one sheriff claims that the alleged incident occurred between 15 and 20 years ago, and the victim was under the age of 14 at the time. It is unclear what prompted the alleged victim to inform the police of her accusations after such a significant period of time passed. Reports indicate that the allegations do not involve the man's work, and he is not suspected of committing a crime as part of his employment.

While allegations of sex crimes in California deserve a thorough investigation, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard is often hard to meet, but it could be especially difficult to do so for events that happened so many years prior. Because of the potential consequences of a conviction of the charges he faces, the man could potentially benefit the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help him make informed decisions about his case in addition to ensuring that he receives lawful treatment.  

Source:, "Prison official accused in child sex case", Mark Evan Smith, July 6, 2016

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