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Northern California man arrested for alleged sex acts with minors

Sex crimes allegations have been making national headlines recently, which any Roseville resident paying attention to the Jerry Sandusky case knows. But a case that is much closer to home for Californians has made headlines of its own after a Boy Scout leader was arrested in Butte County for alleged sexual conduct with a minor.

The 20-year-old man was arrested late last month at his home. The sexual acts were reported to have allegedly occurred with two Boy Scouts, one 13-year-old boy and one 16-year-old boy, at a Boy Scout camp in Butte Meadows. The accused was also charged with electronic communication with intent to commit sexual acts, indicating that the police investigation may have turned up a record of an email, chat room discussion or other online electronic exchange between the scout leader and one of the two teenagers involved. The accused is being held on $465,000 bail.

Allegations of sexual abuse can carry serious consequences. The penalties involved in these types of cases can be extreme, reflecting society's judgment that the offenses are among the most heinous a person can be charged with. In such a case, a strong criminal defense is vital. An inadequate defense could land the accused in jail for years, destroy their reputation and force them to register as a sex offender.

This case is in the early stages, but the accused is sure to be vigorously prosecuted. Anyone else who finds themselves in a similar position would be wise to seek legal representation to begin planning a strong defense against the charges.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Boy Scout leader arrested for alleged sexual acts," June 21, 2012

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