Whenever there is an accusation of sexual assault made by anyone, there may be the need to thoroughly investigate the scene, interview the alleged victim and possibly interview any kind of evidence. Also, medical evidence may be able to prove whether or not sexual contact occurred, but it may not narrow down whether or not that contact was consensual or not. One New Jersey man stands accused of sexual assault against a minor related to an incident in his apartment.
According to police, the 24-year-old man and the 14-year-old girl were acquaintances. The man met with the girl at a grocery store and she came back to his apartment with him. It is there that the alleged sexual assault occurred.
The man allegedly gave the girl alcohol. He then reportedly forced her into sexual relations against her will. The 14-year-old then called a friend and left the apartment. She contacted police later that day to report her version of the incident. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, providing alcohol to a minor and also kidnapping.
The criminal charges levied against the New Jersey man are very serious and could result in a wide range of possible criminal consequences. In a sexual assault case, the outcome could come down to he-said-she-said statements if there is no evidence other than proof of sexual contact. Anyone facing a sexual assault charge may benefit greatly from understanding how a charge may be pursued and what kind of possible evidence or statements may be made against them.
Source: nj.com, “Hackensack man charged with sex assault, kidnapping of 14-year-old girl”, Noah Cohen, April 15, 2014