Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest In Sexual Assault
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office recently made an arrest in an alleged sexual assault prompted by a meeting on the popular online dating app, Tinder. The 27-year-old Ashburn man was booked on felony sexual assault charges and taken to the county Adult Detention Center.
According to reports, the relationship began in February 2016 as a consensual sexual relationship, which subsequently became violent. Authorities claim the suspect confirmed the incident when he made subsequent text messages to the victim in the period following the attack.
At this time, there are no reports on when the suspect will appear in court or what bond may be set at for his release. Given the nature of the crime, the prosecutor may ask for a particularly large bond, if any, for the suspect’s release pending trial.
Virginia sexual assault penalties
Under Virginia law, sexual assault (rape) is defined as a nonconsensual sexual act against another. This may include situations where the victim lacked the mental capacity to provide consent to sexual intercourse.
Penalties for sexual assault in Virginia are very serious and can incur a minimum sentence of at least five-years in jail and up to a life sentence. In cases where the victim is younger than 13 years old, the penalty increases to minimum 25-year sentence and up to a life term, depending on the circumstances.
Furthermore, sexual assault convictions may result in the defendant being required to register as a sex offender. Once on the list, the individual’s information may be searchable by the public and may hamper him or her from gaining employment or prevent habitation in certain areas.
Defenses to sexual assault charges
Individuals facing sexual assault and other similar charges should take the matter extremely seriously and seek out experienced Virginia sexual assault attorneys. Courts and prosecutors are often very harsh on these types of defendants as sexual assault constitutes one of the most heinous crimes society may deal with.
Defense attorneys may utilize a myriad of defenses to try and gain acquittal for their clients. Possible defenses may include asserting the defendant was not the suspect in question to committed the act and call into question various forms of forensic evidence collected by law enforcement.
Often times, defendants may stipulate that although there was sexual contact between them and the victim, it was consensual in nature. Other possible defenses may include calling into question the mental sanity of the alleged perpetrator, insisting he or she lacked the mental capacity to tell right from wrong.
Virginia Sexual Assault Attorneys
If you are facing sexual assault charges in Virginia, the experienced Leesburg sexual assault attorneys of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, PC can help you clear your name. Often times, these allegations are made against otherwise innocent individuals and can have a grave impact on their lives if not confronted with vigorous legal representation.
For a consultation about your case, contact our office. Our attorneys serve clients throughout Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County.