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Sexual assault conviction handed down against former swimmer

Jurors in California recently found a man guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow college student. The man is said to have met the woman he assaulted at a fraternity party. The man who has been convicted of sexual assault was a swimmer at the university.

The 20-year-old man facing charges was arrested in January 2015. The alleged sexual assault incident occurred following a night during which heavy drinking took place at a fraternity party. The man admitted that he had sexually fondled the woman after drinking nine alcohol beverages, but he denied the claim that he had raped her. At the time of the incident, the woman's blood alcohol content was determined to be triple the legal limit, while the man's was double the legal limit.

The man who police said sexually assaulted the woman has been convicted on three felony counts. These include the sexual penetration of an individual who was either too intoxicated or unconscious to consent to sex. The man faces a maximum of a decade behind prison bars.

Sexual assault charges in California have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in court before a conviction can be handed down. This standard is in place in an effort to protect innocent people from being convicted and sentenced. The evidence that the prosecution plans to provide at trial may very well be a chief focus of the criminal defense in this type of case. Defense counsel will push for an outcome that is in their client's best interests while ensuring that his or her rights are upheld during all stages of a criminal proceeding.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area, "Ex-Stanford Swimmer Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Woman On Campus", March 30, 2016

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