A 47-year-old Hollywood talent manager who represented young actors has pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the man faced eight felony counts of molesting an aspiring singer who was under the age of 14. He entered a no-contest plea to two counts of committing lewd acts on a child. A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge sentenced him to one year in county jail and five years of probation. He will also have to enter a sex offender program and register as a sex offender. In addition, he will no longer be able to have access to any of his young clients without an adult present.
Under California Penal Code Section 288: “Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony.”
In addition to jail time, individuals convicted of committing a lewd act must register as a sex offender. This could have a negative impact professionally, socially, and financially. Not only are convicted sex offenders required to register, but they are also required to notify local law enforcement agencies about their presence whenever they move. Not doing so in itself is a misdemeanor offense.
The experienced Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan know and understand the negative repercussions of a sex crime arrest and the havoc it can wreak on an individual’s life. If you or a loved one has been charged with a child sex crime in Los Angeles, please contact us at (866) 430-8383 for a free consultation.