Romantic relationships can be complicated and there can be a lot of he said-she said when things go wrong. Sometimes accusations of criminal activity can result from private interactions. However, being in a relationship does not shelter people from criminal consequences should people cross a line.
Recently, a 26-year-old man from Utah County was arrested after a 15-year-old girl claims she was raped. According to police, the girl reported at the end of November that she had been raped by the man. The alleged attack took place weeks before at the man’s home.
The man, on the other hand, claims that he did not rape the girl. However, police claim he did admit to having sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old. As a result of the age gap between the two — 11 years — the man was arrested. He is suspected of committing a count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. This is a third degree felony charge.
Police continue to investigate the incident. The man has a criminal record including drug possession and DUI charges. If convicted on sex crime charges, the man could face additional criminal penalties. These charges bring very serious consequences including prison time and needing to register on the sex offender registry.
Everyone, even those accused of sex crimes, has the right to defend their name in court. When people are accused of rape, sexual assault or other misconduct, they can share their side of the story. In some cases, providing evidence of consent on behalf of the other party can reduce or eliminate the criminal charges.
Source: Daily Herald, “Man booked into jail for unlawful sexual activity with 15-year-old girl,” Kurt Hanson, Dec. 4, 2014