Coaches often spend time with students outside the normal confines of the classroom. In some cases, a student's encounters with his or her coach could be misconstrued to an outside observer. Unfortunately, a coach in North Carolina has now been accused of multiple sex offenses.
One of the remarkable things about the justice system is that anyone can make allegations against another. Regardless of the allegations made, however, the accused is considered innocent until proved otherwise. As in all cases, the North Carolina prosecutors will have to prove a police officer is guilty of rape after he was charged following allegations made by his adopted daughter.
It is important that true victims of crimes receive the justice they deserve. While a thorough investigation may be warranted, however, accusations alone should not result in charges and especially should not result in a conviction unless there is sufficient evidence to support such accusations. Although a woman in North Carolina has recently been arrested on charges related to sex offenses, it is unclear what evidence detectives have to support these charges.
Four North Carolina men and a woman have been arrested and are now facing charges of sex crimes. The investigation was launched in September after the state's Department of Social Services says it became aware of statutory sex offenses involving against two girls who claimed that they were prostituted to older men by their mother. Both girls are reportedly under the age of 16. According to the teenagers, this has been going on since the beginning of this year.
Many coaches have the ability to reach a child in a way that a parent may not be able to accomplish. Unfortunately, parents may begin to question a close relationship between a coach and the children that he or she coaches, even if the relationship is innocuous. A North Carolina man who served as a gymnastic coach in businesses he owned, as well as on a contractual basis with other gyms, has recently been charged with sex offenses as a result of his alleged relationship with three children.
Most pre-teens in North Carolina likely have a relatively carefree life. Despite demands placed on them by school and other activities, worries are likely few, and they may be relatively innocent, harmless middle schoolers. However, police claim that one man has been committing crimes against children even when he was essentially a child himself. He has recently been arrested and charged with 471 sex offenses.
Allegations of sex crimes are often complicated. Because of the seriousness of the accusations, they deserve a thorough investigation. However, in many cases, there may be very little evidence to support the claims beyond the testimony of an alleged victim. One man in North Carolina will likely be fighting charges after he was arrested and charged with multiple sex offenses.
Memories are strange things. Over the years, human memories can lose clarity and distort the truth while a person remains adamant that he or she correctly remembers the event. On some occasions, a person could become convinced that something happened based on another person's suggestion. Because of this, accusations of crimes, including sex offenses, that come decades after the alleged event could be complicated to investigate and prove. One retired teacher in North Carolina will likely be working to defend his innocence after he was accused of crimes that occurred over 30 years ago.
People who are convicted of a crime must face their punishments. However, some people in North Carolina who have been convicted of crimes related to sex offenses feel as if lifelong GPS monitoring is a violation of their rights. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently issued a ruling on one case involving such monitoring.
Last March, former NFL safety Darren Sharper was quickly removed from his position on the NFL Network amidst criminal charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states. This March, Sharper is entering guilty pleas to criminal charges in California, Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada.