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University of Maryland beefing up sexual assault investigations

Not every young adult has an easy transition going from high school to college. High school students are juveniles who are given much latitude when it comes to their actions, and have their parents present to lean on when things go south. College students are legally adults and must take full responsibility for mistakes.

Sex crimes and the issue of evidence, P.2

Last time, we looked briefly at the difference between the statutory definitions of first- and second-degree rape here in Maryland. In addition to this, there are also differences between rape and sexual offense charges. In Maryland, first- and second-degree sexual offense charges are different from the corresponding rape charges in that they involve sexual acts rather than vaginal intercourse.

Sex crimes and the issue of evidence, P.1

In our previous post, we mentioned the current criminal case against a Baltimore public school teacher who was accused of sexually assaulting one of his students, and spoke about the importance of building a strong criminal defense case. Regardless of the nature of the allegations, prosecutors are required to provide sufficient evidence of the defendant’s guilt.

Local teacher faces rape, other sex offense charges

Baltimore readers recently learned that a teacher employed by the Baltimore Public School system has been hit with various criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a student who sought extra help with her school work. The teacher, who was charged earlier this month, has been charged with second-degree rape, sexual abuse of a minor, and other related charges.

Baltimore County State’s Attorney declines to charge Shattuck

In our last series of posts, we looked at the case of former NFL cheerleader Molly Shattuck, who was recently sentenced for fourth-degree sexual assault in Delaware. As we noted, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger had said that he was considering pursuing charges against Shattuck for alleged illegal activity here in Maryland.

Former NFL cheerleader could face Maryland charges after Delaware sentence

Baltimore readers have likely all heard of Molly Shattuck, the former Ravens cheerleader and fitness author who was convicted of fourth-degree rape in Delaware in connection with an incident of sexual assault that occurred last summer in Bethany Beach. In that case, Shatuck pleaded guilty rather than take her case to trial.

DNA evidence and privacy rights: looking at a recent court decision, P.2

In our last post, we mentioned that the Maryland Supreme Court recently ruled in a case that raised the issue of whether DNA evidence collected as part of a routine booking procedure could be stored in a database and used for investigation of unrelated crimes. The court, after considering the issue, held that such use of DNA evidence is indeed constitutional, provided it is obtained legally.

Minding statutes of limitations in criminal defense

In our last couple posts, we’ve been looking at recent news related to investigations against Bill Cosby, particularly the possibility that he could be facing charges, possibly for perjury, and perhaps even for sexual assault. As we pointed out, any such charges will involve issues with statutes of limitations, since the offenses in question occurred a number of years ago.

Statute of limitations and the Cosby criminal investigation, P.2

In our last post, we spoke about a recent development in the legal situation facing actor-comedian Bill Cosby, and the fact that he may still end up facing criminal charges in connection with allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted multiple women. As we noted, one possibility is that he could face perjury charges. This is only a possibility, though, since it depends on when a court would consider the statute of limitations to have begun tolling on such a charge.

Will Cosby be facing criminal charges, P.1

Those who have been closely following the Bill Cosby story know that earlier this week, a turning point may have been reached when a federal judge decided to unseal documents containing an admission that could possibly lead to criminal charges for the actor-comedian. The documents contained the record of a deposition from a civil suit from 2005 in which Cosby reportedly admitted that he obtained a sedative medication known as Quaaludes so that he could give the drug to women with whom he wanted to have sex.