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Man accused of sexual assault of teen

A man was recently arrested in California after police said he was sexually involved with a teenage girl. The alleged sexual assault took place a few years ago. The man who was arrested was a youth coordinator at a church at the time the reported sex crime was committed.

The man's Monday arrest occurred following a police investigation that lasted four months. Police reported that the teenage victim, a girl, told them the man had sexually assaulted her back in 2013. During the investigation, the authorities claim to have discovered other individuals whom the man allegedly victimized.

The 55-year-old man now faces a felony count of lascivious and lewd acts on a teen. He had been working at his church for more than two decades prior to his arrest. He was detained in a county jail, with his bail set at $20,000. Authorities continued to investigate the matter.

California sexual assault charges must be proved in criminal court and beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction is possible. This standard exists in order to safeguard innocent people from convictions for crimes they did not commit. One of the criminal defense's main areas of focus will be the evidence that prosecutors plan to present at trial. Criminal prosecutions based upon events that are several years old are difficult, and this is particularly true in those cases where the evidence is primarily based upon the word of the alleged victim versus the word of the defendant. Here, the fact that others have apparently come forward to say they were victimized by the defendant may complicate the proceedings, though the specific accusations in this case made must themselves be proved in court.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Church Youth Coordinator Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault on Teen", Paolo Uggetti, March 3, 2016

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