One of the most dispiriting aspects of sexual abuse of children is the fact that the alleged perpetrator often occupies a position of trust with respect to the victims. In a recent child abuse case in Lackawanna County, the suspect not only transported special needs children for a local school district but was also an elected public official.
Police recently arrested a three-term township supervisor and charged him with exposing himself to three girls, ages 11, 12, and 13 and with fondling one of the girls. The defendant has been employed for four years by the Lackawanna Trail School District as a driver of special needs children. The school district suspended the suspect from this job when the allegations of sexual abuse became known.
The case began in September 2015 when a woman who knows the alleged victims told state police that the man had sexually assaulted four girls at his home. When the girls were interviewed by staff members of the Children's Advocacy Center, they described the man's abusive behavior. The defendant's wife is the therapeutic support staff worker, and she sometimes allowed the children to visit her home. Some of the abusive behavior allegedly occurred during these visits. The defendant denied the charges and was ultimately released from custody after posting a bond of $50,000.
Accusations of sex crimes involving children, even if ultimately disproved at trial, can follow the suspect for the rest of his life. For this reason, anyone facing charges of sexual abuse involving children may wish to consult a lawyer who is experienced in handling such cases. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can assist a person in handling the public relations aspects of the charges, provide an analysis of the facts and the applicable law and provide an estimate of the chances of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "West Abington Twp. supervisor charged with indecent assault," Borys Krawczeniuk, Mar. 1, 2016