Sex-related crimes are difficult to fight in court and, as such, those who are charged with these types of crimes, in North Carolina or elsewhere, may have a feeling of hopelessness. There is no question, accusations such as rape or sexual assault deserve proper attention; however, there is a fine line that must be walked in these cases as to ensure that the rights of the victim and the accused are both fully considered. While these cases may seem hopeless, there are a number of legal options available to assist those accused in achieving the best possible outcome.
Recently, a 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with raping a female acquaintance. This incident allegedly occurred in August of this year. No other details surrounding the supposed incident have been released.
The accused is a former University of North Carolina basketball player and was most recently employed as a physical education teacher at a high school in Durham. He has been charged with second-degree rape. Bond in his case was originally set at $500,000 but was later reduced to $200,000. At this time, court dates in this matter have not been made public.
Being charged with rape has already taken quite a toll on the accused’s life. Not only has he lost his job, but his reputation in the community is likely to suffer. The potential consequences associated with the charges in this case include registration on the Sex Offender Registry and a lengthy prison term. While cases involving sex crimes are delicate in nature, the individual accused in this case has every right to defend himself. With the assistance of an experienced criminal defense team, the accused will be able to make the best legal decisions regarding his case.
Source: myfox8.com, “Former UNC basketball player faces rape charges“, Nov. 26, 2014