Ex-Fort Worth fireman charged with sexual assault of 13-year-old
Posted By Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 6-Nov-2013
In Dallas, and throughout the U.S., even if an underage child consents, sexual relations between a minor and an adult may be considered statutory rape. Like many sex offenses, allegations of child sexual assault carry with them stiff penalties and, often, lasting consequences.
A former firefighter in Fort Worth is reportedly facing life in prison after he was arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony. In addition to a lifetime prison sentence, the man could also have to pay a $10,000 fine. According to reports, the man turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest on the charges. He was released on a bond of $50,000 pending a trial. It remains unknown to the public at this time whether or not the man will fight the charges or if he will issue a guilty plea.
According to reports, a woman contacted law enforcement officers in Haltom City to report that the ex-firefighter had been sexually involved with her 13-year-old daughter. It was not reported whether it had been ongoing, or if the reported incident was the first. The man is also reportedly facing other criminal charges for allegedly harassing another woman. While the two cases do not seem to be related in any way aside from the man's involvement, a judge or jury may consider them as a part of his criminal history.
Being charged and convicted of sexual assault can have many long-term consequences, beyond just a possible prison sentence. If you are facing allegations of sexual assault, it may be important to obtain legal representation to assist you in your criminal defense. A lawyer will look out for your interests and help to ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process.
Source: Star-Telegram, "Fired Fort Worth firefighter charged with sexually assaulting child," Deanna Boyd, Oct. 16, 2013
Categories: Criminal Defense, Sexual Assault