The former chair of an East Coast school board has been arrested and charged in Florida in connection with a variety of sex crimes dating back to the 1990s. Authorities report that the 53-year-old technology expert is accused of abusing girls in Virginia, where he served as a politician, ex-military police officer and teacher. The defendant was arrested on June 2 after the sexual battery charges came to light.
Official reports show that the man is accused of sexually abusing four alleged victims, all of whom were ages 6 to 10 at the time of the supposed abuse. In all, the man is being charged with a whopping 48 counts of both aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a minor while in a supervisory role. He is also accused of 15 counts of object penetration.
Authorities say that although the man was reportedly active in church and school activities during his time in Virginia, it does not appear as though any of the molestation incidents are connected with those responsibilities. The defendant was taken into custody after an investigation for a routine background check through the Defense Intelligence Agency. The man had been working with that branch of the Department of Defense until he was arrested; he has been suspended from his job.
Although it may seem easy to sympathize with victims in such cold cases, it is important to remember that physical evidence is a critical part of many criminal proceedings. Abuse dating back to the 1990s may not be supported by enough concrete evidence to convict the man of the sex crimes. It is possible that the allegations are based on false accusations from the reported victims. Criminal defendants have a right to be protected from such nefarious actions.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Sex crimes alleged against Brevard man who led Virginia school district” Kevin P. Connolly, Jun. 09, 2014