A Simi Valley high school coach has been arrested following an accusation that he had sexual relations with a teenager. According to The Simi Valley Acorn, the 40-year-old man was arrested on October 8 for allegedly committing a lewd act on a child under 14. The girl, now 15, has told police that she was twice involved in consensual sex acts with the coach when she was 13-years-old.
Being charged for lewd acts with a minor is a serious sex offense in Ventura County. According to California Penal Code 288, Any person who willfully commits any lewd or lascivious act “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 and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.” Anyone under the age of 18 cannot legally give consent to have sex or perform sexual acts.
In addition to the severe penalty of extended incarceration, anyone convicted of lewd conduct with a minor will be forever labeled as a sex offender and will need to register with local law enforcement under Megan’s Law. This type of sex offense has significant professional and social ramifications that can forever change the life of the defendant. It is crucial that anyone charged with a sex crime in California seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange County sex crime attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have successfully protected the rights of those accused of sex crimes in California. If you are facing sex crime charges in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange counties, please contact us at1-866-430-8383 for a free, comprehensive and completely confidential consultation.