Child Sex Abuse Charges Often Arise In Context Of Divorce

Many men going through a divorce who are involved in a hotly contested custody dispute find themselves facing serious charges of aggravated sex abuse of a child involving their own children.  It is one of the first questions I ask prospective clients in a case involving a child sex offense Children are highly susceptible to suggestion […] Read more

Child Sex Abuse Cases And Psychosexual Examination In Utah

Child Sex Abuse and Child Pornography Cases—in Utah, most times I will privately have a client complete a psychosexual examination which determines sexual risk of a defendant.  Can I show that my client is low risk to the public and that he or she is amenable to treatment? I use the top psychosexual examiner in Salt Lake […] Read more

Child Sex Abuse Rates High in Utah

Child Sex Abuse Cases in Utah–Recently, KUTV Channel 2 TV reported that Utah ranks number one in child sex abuse cases nationwide.  Does Utah have a bigger problem than other states with child rape, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, child pornography and other child sex offenses? Rod Decker and Larry Curtis pointed out that there […] Read more

Child Sex Abuse: Plea Bargain To Sexual Battery In Utah

Child Sex Abuse Case–What is a favorable plea bargain in a child sex abuse case in Utah.  For aggravated sexual abuse of a child, the punishment is severe, carrying a minimum-mandatory sentence of 6, 10 or 15-to life.   Can these severe punishments be avoided?  One of the best offers that someone can receive who […] Read more

15-To-Life Sentence, Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of A Child In Utah

Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child Sentence–the presumptive sentence for someone convicted of Aggravated Sexual abuse of a Child in Utah is 15 years-to-life. Judges often deviate from this presumption, but they must consider mitigating circumstances in order to do so.   Some of the mitigating circumstances a judge may consider when departing from that sentence […] Read more

Child’s Memory In Child Rape, Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of A Child

Child Rape or Child Sex Case (Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sodomy Upon a Child, Lewdness Involving a Child)–in these cases, a child sometimes “remembers” sexual abuse that happened years earlier at ages as young as 18 months.  You’ll see cases in which a 14 year old girl, for example, will remember being sexually […] Read more

Rape And Child Sex Cases At The Investigation Phase In Utah

Being investigated for rape or sexual abuse of a child?  Too many make the mistake of waiting to hiring a lawyer.  This is the most critical portion of the case sometimes.  Police officers often tell suspects they don’t need a lawyer and that telling their side of the story will curry favor with the prosecutor. Nothing […] Read more

Miranda Warnings During Rape, Child Sexual Abuse Investigation?

In rape and sexual abuse of a child investigations, the detective will usually call the suspect to get her “side of the story.”  After charges are filed, a defendant calls to ask me if the interview can be thrown out becuase the officer did not read her Miranda warnings. Most people, because of crime shows, are […] Read more

Rape, Sexual Abuse Of A Child Usually “He Said-She Said” Cases

The vast majority of rape and sexual abuse of a child cases involve little to no physical evidence–no DNA, no injuries, no other tell-tell signs of abuse.   I can’t tell you how many times a client has asked me, “you mean they can charge me with rape and there is no evidence of rape?”   […] Read more

Polygraph If Being Investigated For Rape Or Child Sex Abuse?

Many times, a detective and/or a prosecutor asks a suspect to take a polygraph examination to determine whether s/he is telling the truth with regards to a rape or child sex offense investigation.  A polygraph is used an investigative tool for these types of offenses because of the “he said/she said” nature of these cases. Most […] Read more