When a crime that is sexual in nature is alleged, there may be little evidence to support claims of violence even soon after the incident allegedly occurred. When an investigation is not initiated until almost a decade later, it may be nearly impossible to gather evidence that is more substantial than one person's word against that of another. In many situations regarding accusations of rape and other forms of sexual assault in Virginia, there is not sufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof required to gain a conviction.
One man is likely wondering what evidence supports the accusations against him after his recent arrest. Authorities allege that he assaulted a girl who was 14 years old at the time. The alleged crime is said to have taken place approximately 10 years ago.
The man is charged with aggravated sexual battery, rape and indecent liberties and is being held without bond. He is accused of attacking the victim multiple times from 2006 to 2007. Authorities say that the alleged victim is also a family member.
Allegations of rape and other forms of sexual assault -- especially when they involve teenagers or children -- often cause people to leap to conclusions regarding guilt. However, regardless of the charges a person faces, he or she is presumed innocent until and unless proved otherwise. In order for Virginia prosecutors to prove the man is guilty, they must provide sufficient evidence to remove reasonable doubt -- a standard that is purposely set high to prevent wrongful convictions. Because of the potential consequences of a conviction, those facing such charges often seek the guidance of an experienced defense attorney who can help them fully understand the options available to them.
Source: wjla.com, "Man arrested for 2006 sexual assault of his then 14-year-old family member in Va. home", Dec. 20, 2016