Recently, a former Tennessee Titan cheerleader has been in the news once again for her age. This time, however, not in a good way. Instead of being praised for making the cheerleading team as one of the older women on the squad, she is now being charged for a sexual offense involving a young boy.
Recently, a case in Tennessee demonstrated just how serious a conviction of possession of child pornography can be. A lower court in the Eastern District of Tennessee ordered two convicted sex offenders to each pay over $1 million in restitution to the victim of their sex crimes.
As readers in Memphis, Tennessee, well know, the sexual abuse of a child can have serious effects on a child's life. However, the same holds true when a person is wrongfully convicted of child sexual abuse. This is especially true for those who work with children everyday, such as school teachers. When allegations involve inappropriate sexual contact by a teacher, the school district has an interest in acting quickly to remove the teacher in order to prevent any further abuse if it is in fact happening. As a result, it is extremely important for adults who are in these situations to know their rights, as it can seem as if the cards are stacked against them from the very beginning.
When a prosecutor brings charges against a suspect, it can easy for Memphis, Tennessee, residents to assume they are true. However, it is important to remember that in the criminal justice system, suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, a suspect cannot be proven guilty unless he or she receives a fair trial, where the prosecutor must prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Many of our readers have probably heard by now about the Memphis police officer who was arrested recently. Any type of arrest is usually a major problem for a police officer, sounding the bell on the end of a career. However, for this officer, his arrest for rape and incest is likely to have far greater impact on his personal life than just the end of his career.
Recently, a Memphis, Tennessee Internet radio host learned the hard way, that certain actions are considered to be a crime, regardless of the reasons or motives behind the actions. After posting a child porn image on his Facebook page, he was arrested by the police. While his intent was to help catch the perpetrator in the photo, the police said that didn't matter, and charged him with multiple sex crimes.
Readers in Memphis, Tennessee, may be interested to know about a recent case involving sexual misconduct. The 23-year-old man involved in the case recently pled guilty to sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl.
The law in Tennessee forbids registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of any school in the state. Recently, a man who is a registered sex offender due to a previous sex crimes conviction was arrested for allegedly breaking that law by living 42 feet from a middle school. The man is listed on Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry because of a 2004 guilty plea for attempted sexual battery of a 6-year-old.
It may be of no surprise to readers in the Memphis area that it is illegal to be involved in online child pornography. But readers may not know that such involvement can result in federal criminal charges. Recently, a sheriff's deputy in another state was arrested on federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and producing child pornography by sexual exploitation of a child.
Being accused of a sex crime is a frightening experience. We all know how society treats those who face sex crimes charges. People are quick to judge, even before a conviction is obtained. Despite this, when facing a sex crime charges, it's important to know your rights so you can protect your freedom.