Sexual assault or sex crimes are terrible things to be charged with. In some cases, you may be charged for a crime without the right evidence, and in those times, you may be able to better defend yourself against allegations of child sexual abuse that you didn’t commit or committed unwillingly. On Dec. 25, a story came out about two men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who have been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. According to the news, the girl was smoking marijuana with them and her 17-year-old relative when the incident took place.
The two men, a 22-year-old and 26-year-old, claim that they believed the teen was 17 or 18 years old and told the police so during questioning. However, the 17-year-old relative disagreed. She claimed that she told the men the girl’s age before they started using the marijuana, and she claims they have known the teen for a few months.
According to the news, the men picked up the girls around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 22 before taking them to a hotel and renting two rooms for them. It was believed that the men had two rooms because they had planned on having sexual intercourse with the girls. It was reported that both men had sex with the 13-year-old girl. The 13-year-old girl told police she had slept with the men, according to the news, and police seem to believe that it may have been consensual. This, however, does not mean that a charge of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile due to possible coercion cannot be filed. It does mean that an experienced criminal attorney may be able to provide the courts with a defense against such charges.
Understanding the crimes you are charged with is instrumental in building a strong defense. Not only will an attorney help you understand the charges and possible penalties, he or she can help protect your rights throughout the legal process.
Source: The Advocate, “Two BR men accused of having sex with 13-year-old girl” Ryan Broussard, Dec. 25, 2013