In a case that has garnered national attention, three Ohio men are now being held in custody on allegations of raping a 10-year-old boy. One of the men is the boy's adoptive father, and he is also facing accusations of child prostitution and of raping two other boys in his care. As the case now begins to move forward through the Ohio judicial system, all three will likely want to consider building a strong criminal defense.
Cases like this one are taken very seriously by prosecutors, who are under significant pressure from the public to secure a conviction. However, it is important to keep in mind that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
In this case, the Ohio man who is the adoptive parent of the 10-year-old boy also had two other young boys in his care along with a 9-year-old girl. He had adopted three of the children, but is accused of raping the three boys and of prostituting the 10-year-old. The two other men who are facing criminal allegations in connection with the matter are both charged with child rape. According to a recent news report, the adoptive father was apparently caught by an undercover detective who was posing online as someone seeking to arrange sexual interactions with a child.
Being deceived by law enforcement officials can be a frightening experience. Few people see it coming, but officials often spend a significant amount of time to track someone down online. These arrests also come at a time when Governor Kasich has made catching and reprimanding those who participate in child exploitation a priority for the Ohio attorney general.
What this means is that the men who charged in this matter are facing serious penalties. Jail time, registration as sex offenders and fines are all possibilities if they are found guilty. Because of this, it will be very important that they understand their rights and options as they begin to navigate the legal system.
Source: The Washington Post, "Ohio man accused of raping and prostituting 10-year-old adopted boy; 2 other men jailed," Associated Press, March 1, 2012