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How will New Jersey scoutmaster respond to sex crime charges?

Over the last couple years, the national Boy Scouts organization has come under fire for a series of sex crime accusations. As the number of claims of abuse committed by scout leaders continues to roll in, it's likely the more people will get caught up in the accusations.. Currently, a former New Jersey scout leader is facing charges for alleged sexual abuse of two minor Boy Scouts. As the defendant prepares to defend himself against these sex offenses, he may wish to thoroughly examine the consistency of the two accusers' accounts.

The investigation began this past fall after the victims came forward and alleged that the scout leader sexually assaulted them from 1997 to 1999, when he was the assistant leader of their troop. One of the accusers, who was under 16 years of age at the time, alleges that the scout leader had him engage in inappropriate activities numerous times.

The accused individual now faces multiple charges, including one count of endangering a child, one count of aggravated sexual assault and four counts of sexual assault. Following his arrest and release on bail, the former scout volunteer, was ordered not to have contact with either of the victims or any minors under the age of 16.

Accusations like this have the potential to destroy a person's reputation and life, but a strong criminal defense strategy may help lessen the impact. As the case proceeds through the legal system, it is imperative that his rights are protected and he gets a fair and objective hearing, which may be an issue amid heightened media attention. Sex offenses can result in serious penalties in New Jersey, but unless a prosecutor can prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, no criminal conviction can be obtained.

Source: NJ.com, "Ex-Scout leader had 'threesome' with underage boys, Morris prosecutor says," Justin Zaremba, Dec. 21, 2012

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