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Miami teacher accused of sex crimes against minor

Sex crimes are pretty varied. There are charges ranging from prostitution, to rape, to possession of child pornography and a lot in-between. However, those charges that involve children tend to get the most attention from both the media and the authorities. Prosecutors often make it a habit to aggressively prosecute child sexual abuse -- even in situations where force is not used.

Recently, a 22-year-old substitute teacher and volleyball coach in Miami has been arrested and charged with sex crimes. According to police, the teacher met the 13-year-old student on a social media site. Eventually, the two exchanged information and made plans to meet in person. Police claim that the teacher picked up the teenager and drove him to an undisclosed location where the teenager agreed to participate in sexual behavior.

Following the alleged sex acts, the teacher was arrested by authorities. Police claim that the man admitted to the crime. He has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery against a minor.

Without the right criminal defense help, those facing sex crime allegations can be sentenced to very serious punishments. These punishments can include lengthy prison sentences. Furthermore, some convicted sex offenders are required to register on the sex offender registry. This registry makes certain information about people public including their address and criminal history. The registry can limit where a person can live, work and socialize. Furthermore, a social stigma can also accompany registration.

However, all those accused of sex crimes -- even those against minors -- do not have to suffer these consequences. At times police and prosecutors make mistakes which can be used by defendants to reduce or eliminate the criminal charges.

Source: Miami Herald, "Miami teacher charged with sex crime against minor," Nov. 30, 2013

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