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Care center patients accuse worker of sexually abusing them

It's a bedrock principle in this country that people accused of crimes are presumed to be innocent if and until they are proven guilty. While almost everyone would agree with this sentiment, it is perhaps more palatable in theory than it is in practice. In many cases, it is true that the mere association of a person with a crime is enough to tarnish their name or their reputation.

This might be most true for cases involving such uncomfortable topics such as child pornography or sexual assault. It is certainly not out of the realm of possibility that someone could face charges involving these sorts of activities, and yet not be guilty of them. The way news stories often portray these charges, however, might make that difficult to remember. Rarely is the same amount of attention paid to a charge being dropped than to charges being filed, particularly in a high-profile case.

A recent incident out of Placer County reminds us of the need to refrain from jumping to conclusions in cases where emotions run high. A man who worked at an Auburn nursing facility has been charged with sexual assault over accusations from two elderly patients that he kissed them and touched them in a sexual manner against their will.

The man is a certified nursing assistant, and has worked at the nursing home for more than a decade. He has now been fired from his job and will have to defend himself against the accusations that he now is facing. Regardless of what may have happened, he has the right to answer these charges and proclaim his innocence.

Source: Fox 40, "Auburn Care Home Worker Accused of Sexual Abuse," Sonseeahray Tonsall, May 22, 2014

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