Sexual assault allegations can lead to a broken reputation and can affect the suspected person for the rest of their life, even if they are innocent of the alleged crime. If the case reaches a guilty verdict or a plea agreement, it is critical that a person’s rights are protected and that the fairest sentencing outcome is reached. In the case of sex offenses, there may be mitigating circumstances to bring to the court’s attention as part of an attempt to achieve an equitable and reasonable sentence.

In September, the owner of a New Jersey karate academy was found guilty of sex crimes concerning two 16-year-old girls. The man was also employed at a nearby high school as an in-school suspension moderator. Although it is not clear where the alleged offenses occurred, the crimes involving one girl allegedly occurred last March, while the incidents involving the other teenager happened between November 2009 and January 2010.

The man’s guilty plea to sexual assault and criminal sexual contact was accepted, and this month he was sentenced to three years in state prison, according to a news report. He will also be required to register under Meghan’s Law as a sex offender and will be barred from working as a public school teacher in the state.

While this individual was sentenced to prison, other people accused of similar crimes may have different circumstances surrounding the accusations. Each case is individual and a strong defense can help protect a person against accusations that could ruin their reputation and impact the future of the career and personal life. Knowing one’s legal rights is an important aspect of mounting a case to fight back against the allegations made against them.

Source: North Jersey, “N.J. karate school teacher sentenced for sex assaults,” Dec. 19, 2011