Sex crimes or accusations are filed at alarming rates in Florida and other places. These types of crimes generate a lot of emotion from citizens. Most people usually see the alleged perpetrator as being someone who has no scruples.
However, that is not always the case. Sometimes good people do bad things, and sometimes accusations are unfounded. Everyone deserves the depiction of innocence until proven guilty.
In Orange County, Florida, one woman, who was out walking, saw something that she found to be offensive and wrong. At a school bus stop, she witnessed a man and a young boy kissing and fondling each other. She allegedly stopped and asked their ages before calling 911.
The man was 29 years old and the boy only 11. The arrest report says that the man claimed that the mother of the boy had given him permission to perform such acts, and told the woman that he, therefore, would not be going to jail. However, the boy’s mother says that is absolutely not true.
The 29-year-old man was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation, as well as other charges. He is being held in jail with no bond.
While the mother refuted the man’s claim that she gave him permission to act inappropriately with her son, she apparently did know the man and allowed him to be present around her son. She allegedly told investigators that had she known what was going on, she would not have permitted her son to be near the man. She appeared to be appalled by the reported acts.
No information was provided as to whether this man has any previous history of sexual misconduct.
Those who are charged with sex offenses, such as molestation charges, have rights, just like everyone else who is charged with a crime. Criminal defense attorneys work diligently to protect their clients’ rights, including the right to a fair and unbiased trial.
Source: Wesh Orlando, “PD: Man arrested after ‘making out’ with child at school bus stop” Bob Kealing, Mar. 05, 2014