Three types of sex crimes seem to be prosecuted in a more severe way than all others: sex crimes against children; sex crimes against the elderly; and sex crimes against the disabled. Increased jail time, less sympathy from a jury or judge and years spent on the Sex Offender list are all very real punishments in such a case. A recent case in El Monte highlights just how terrible such a crime is, and just how harshly the general public will perceive anyone involved in a sex crime.
A former employee of an adult day care center pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting three severely disabled women with the mental capacity of children. The plea deal came in exchange for an agreement with prosecutors that he be sentenced to no more than eight years in prison. While eight years is better than fifteen, that is still almost a decade in prison. The 43 year old man actually faced up to 27 years if he had been convicted on all charges, which included multiple assaults and transmission of sexual disease. Each of the victims in this case had severe mental disabilities, including Down's Syndrome, and range in age from 24 to 54.
While there was no comment from the man's Los Angeles defense lawyer, it is obvious the lawyer was working hard behind the scenes. To get a sentence reduced by 19 years is pretty dramatic, and even though eight years is a long time, he will be relatively young when he emerges from prison. Under the terms of the deal, the man will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence and will have to register as a sex offender upon release. One of the worst consequences of being convicted with a sex crime is having to register as a sex offender. Anyone on that list will face limited career options, limited living options and public shame.
If you or someone you know is facing sex crime charges, contact the Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyers Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. We have the experience, skill and knowledge to any case they work on.
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