A 37-year-old massage therapist is being accused of sexual assault. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, prosecutors say that the man who was working as an independent masseur, who formerly worked out of a San Juan Capistrano chiropractor’s office, assaulted a 21-year-old woman by touching her inappropriately during a massage. Police are looking for other women or customers of this masseur who may have been sexually assaulted. Police say they have investigated this particular masseur before this complaint. Two years ago, a woman in her 50s told officials that she had been inappropriately touched by the man. But at the time, there was not enough evidence to file charges, officials said. Two other women filed complaints, but those cases were outside of the statute of limitations.
Sex crimes are criminal offenses of a sexual nature and can vary to a great degree. Punishment for a sex crime depends on the type of offense and level of the charge. A misdemeanor sex crime conviction can be punished by up to one year of county jail time. Some sex crimes, such as violent sexual assault, are “three strikes” offenses with a third strike resulting in a sentence of 25 years to life. Furthermore, a conviction for some sex crimes will result in registration as a sex offender or sexual predator and public disclosure.
If you are being investigated for a sex crime or have been charged with a sex offense, such as an offensive touching or lewd act, please do not talk to the police or give statements to law enforcement officials without first talking to an Orange County sex crime defense lawyer. Anything you say can and will be used against you during the trial. More importantly, what you say may be misconstrued or misrepresented and used as evidence for your prosecution.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex offense, please contact the skilled Orange County criminal defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free and confidential consultation. We will work hard to get the best possible result in your case. Our track record for reduced charges and dismissed cases speaks for itself. Call us today at 866-430-8383 to discuss your case.