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Prosecutors lack evidence in sexual assault case

On behalf of Law Office of Robert Kerr, LLC posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. When police investigate a crime, they are looking for evidence that can be used against the suspect during criminal proceedings. There has to be enough evidence that a Chicago prosecutor can try to obtain a guilty verdict — which requires proof that a person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If police and prosecutors do not have enough evidence, or some evidence is excluded from the…

Man denied bond after sexual assault allegations

Sexual assault charges are very serious in Chicago. They can lead to extreme punishments that have life-long effects. These ramifications can start from the moment a person faces allegations of sexual assault. For one 26-year-old man, these consequences have started the moment he was arrested. According to police, the man broke into a home on Chicago’s Southside by using a garbage can. Once in the house, police claim that the man grabbed a knife from the kitchen and went to…

Galesburg man convicted of attempted criminal sexual assault

A conviction for criminal sexual assault can have many consequences, including potentially long jail sentences and a lifetime of having to register as a sex offender. That’s why it’s important that anyone facing a criminal sexual assault charge understands all the charges and legal options available to make sure their full legal rights are protected. A Galesburg, Illinois, man was recently found guilty of one count of aggravated battery and two counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault after he was accused…

Former stepson of white sox executive charged with sexual assault

Criminal charges of any kind can have a negative impact on both the personal and professional lives of a defendant. An individual facing a sexual assault charge could face the prospect of a possible prison sentence, registration as a sex offender and social stigma associated with the crime. As readers in Chicago may have heard, the former stepson of one of the executives with the Chicago White Sox made an appearance in a Chicago bond court recently. He was held on $150,000…

Martial arts instructor face sex crime charges

Crimes involving sexual acts carry with them a social stigma that can have long-lasting effects on individuals’ personal and professional lives. A criminal sexual assault charge conviction can result in long-term consequences, such as registration as a sex offender as well as social stigma that can harm future employment prospects. Readers in Chicago may be interested in the case of a 20-year-old martial arts instructor who works in a city in southern Illinois, and who is facing charges of sexual assault. The…

Man charged with sexual assault for second time in same case

Under Illinois law, people have certain protections against unfair practices on behalf of the police and prosecutors. When people face serious criminal charges, like sexual assault charges, these protections ensure that people receive fair criminal proceedings. In one Illinois case, these protections led to prosecutors drop the charges against a 25-year-old man who had been facing allegations of sexual assault. However, after a 15 hour long raid by the FBI, the man has recently been re-charged with felony criminal sexual assault.…

Chicago-area teacher accused of sexual assault

Accusations of sexual assault can damage a person’s personal and professional reputations for many years to come. Conviction on these charges can lead to a lifetime of difficulty in finding employment or decent housing. A popular Chicago-area high school teacher faces sexual assault charges after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student. Police said the former student was 16-years-old at the time the relationship began. Students praised the teacher for his work with the school’s speech team, and…

Chicago television host arrested on sexual assault charges

Charges of sexual abuse against a child can irreparably damage a person’s reputation — especially if that person is in the spotlight. For one Chicago television host, a sexual assault charge may do just that. The 53-year-old man has been the host of a popular Hispanic music television show in which he interviews stars who are touring in Chicago. The show has aired on Saturdays for the last 15 years. Recently, this man has been arrested and is being held on a…

Chicago firefighters fight allegations of sexual assault

When people are accused of sexual assault, they face harsh consequences including having to register on the sex offender registry. With such high stakes, people may feel like they do not have any choice but to negotiate with prosecutors and agree to a plea deal. However, Illinois residents facing a criminal sexual assault charge should understand that they have criminal defense options and they do not need to automatically agree to a plea deal. In many situations, there are defenses available that…

Illinois boy scout leader accused of sexual assault

There are certain types of crimes that have a serious effect from the moment the charges are brought. While everyone is supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, with these crimes people are often judged from moment allegations surface. Sexual assault charges against a child fall into this category. When someone is accused of child sexual assault they face immediate consequences and are sometimes unfairly labeled by the media as a sexual predator. Furthermore, sexual assault charges carry other serious…

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