In Maryland, sex-based crimes are held to the same letter of the law as any other criminal case. However, individuals facing sexual assault charges do have certain legal defenses that can be argued in court.
It can be unusual for a new criminal law to be applied retroactively. When prosecutors attempt to do so, they could violate our civil rights, as listed in the state or federal Constitution. Such was the case with up to 1,800 people in Maryland who are on the state’s sex offender registry, according to the Court of Appeals.
A military trial at the Annapolis-based Naval Academy has ended in a not guilty verdict for a midshipman. He had been accused of sexual assault for having sex with a fellow midshipman who was allegedly too drunk to consent, but the judge did not find that prosecutors had reached the necessary standard of proof.
A Maryland man was accused of sexual assault after a night of drinking in Ocean City, according to a police news release. The alleged sexual assault happened on June 7.
A Maryland man and an Illinois teenager were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 30 for allegedly forcing several women into working as prostitutes against their will. In one case, the 31-year-old Germantown man and 19-year-old Decatur woman, are accused of forcing a woman whom they met through Facebook to work as a prostitute in Maryland and Virginia. The pair allegedly threatened to kill the woman and her family members if she did not cooperate with them.
Officials who work for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are refusing to remove a 53-year-old man's name from Maryland's sex offender registry, despite a court order directing them to do so. This case is interesting in that it could potentially have ramifications for any person convicted of committing a sex crime.
Annapolis police announced today that a 28-year-old Washington, D.C., man has pleaded guilty charges of running a prostitution business and engaging in human trafficking.
When a person is accused of a sex crime, especially a sex crime involving a minor, it seems as if that person must prove that he or she is innocent, rather than being assumed innocent until proven guilty. That is not right, of course, but that is how it can seem.
Maryland police officers are currently allowed to collect DNA samples from people who have been arrested on suspicion of committing violent crimes, but maybe not for long. Potentially early next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will review and rule on the constitutionality of the federal DNA Collection Act.
No matter who a person is, whether they are a long-time Annapolis resident or the brother of a celebrity, he or she deserves to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. One Anne Arundel County resident who has a famous sister is currently facing serious sex crime charges.