If you're charged with sexual abuse, you may want to speak with someone about your right to protect yourself. In this case out of Maryland, a teen squad leader of a youth program has been accused of sexually abusing a child. This charge could change this man's life forever.
The story claims that a child has claimed to have been a victim of sexual abuse. He was allegedly abused while he was attending the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines over a period of approximately two years. The 15-year-old juvenile named as the assaulter was identified only after detectives reportedly completed witness interviews and collected evidence, although the report does not indicate what kind of evidence was provided.
An Anne Arundel County police spokesman claimed that that there was enough evidence to support a charge against the suspect. The 15-year-old who was charged faces charges including second-degree child abuse along with third- and fourth-degree sex offenses. He has not been identified by police due to privacy laws.
The spokesman for the police pointed out that these charges were for third- and fourth-degree offenses, which are unwanted, inappropriate touching or fondling. Police believe that there may be other victims despite the alleged offenses not yet being proven.
The alleged abuser in this case has been released into the custody of his parents. There is no information on why police suspect this incident actually took place or why the child took so long to come forward with his parents. As the case continues, more information may be released that will help show what really happened.
Source: WBAL TV 11, "Police: Young Marines teen squad leader charged with sex abuse" Saliqa Khan, Jul. 14, 2014