Pasadena sex crimes have been filed against a man who used to run a boot camp intended for juvenile delinquents.
Our Pasadena sex crimes defenes attorneys understand that a 42-year-old, who went by the name "Sgt. Mac," has been accused of raping two teenage at the camp back in 2004.
Specifically, he has been charged with five felonies - lewd act upon a child, unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, penetration with a foreign object and forcible rape. The girls were reportedly 14 years-old at the time of the alleged assaults, which reportedly happened in December and March of 2004.
These are obviously serious crimes, and under California Penal Code 288 and 289, he is facing a 15-year prison term if convicted. For right now, though, he's being held on almost $300,000 bail.
What we don't know yet is whether these allegations are related to the so-called sergeant's work at the boot camp. However, he has been charged in a separate case of abuse in which he reportedly handcuffed a high school student who was truant, showed her a badge and told her she would be arrested if she didn't enroll in his school. Prosecutors say he extorted $100 from her family. In that case, he's facing allegations of false imprisonment, kidnapping, child abuse and extortion, and faces 12 years in prison on those charges.
Boot camps for teens often use a style of discipline that mirrors the military. The goal of these camps is supposed to be character-building and turning troubled youth away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Sometimes, young people are court-ordered to enroll.
But this camp - and others - have come under fire for their harsh tactics. Two years ago, video of this boot camp was leaked to a local newspaper. One reportedly shows a number of instructors in fatigues shouting at a young boy who is wearing a car tire. He falls down, but is ordered to stand. In another, both boys and girls were ordered to drink from plastic bottles, causing them to vomit.
What's important to remember in this and all rape cases is that the charges often sound scandalous, but we won't know what really happened until the facts come out in court.
For someone charged with Pasadena sex crimes, it's an overwhelming ordeal. By hiring a skilled Pasadena criminal defense attorney, you're giving yourself the best possible chance for a favorable outcome.
There are a few different tacks that a defense attorney can take when defending against rape.
The first of those is the possibility of a false accusation. This is unfortunately more common than one might think. An individual such as this sergeant might be especially vulnerable to a false allegation because he worked with youth and was likely unpopular. But even if his tactics were harsh - even if he was a jerk and his boot camp was ineffective - that doesn't make him a rapist. Many individuals are falsely accused of rape.
Another possible defense is consent. Now, this might not matter if the victim is under a certain age, but it's often an issue in adult rape cases.
Other times, something we will want to explore is the possibility that the prosecution simply doesn't have enough evidence to prove the allegation. Let's say there's no DNA, no witnesses (aside from the alleged victim), no other physical evidence - there's a good chance those charges may be dropped.
And lastly, we might look at whether this was a situation of mistaken identity. In this case, what if it was dark or the lighting was poor? If the alleged assaults did occur at the camp, where numerous staffers were wearing the same military fatigues, how can they be sure it was the sergeant, and not someone else?
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Pasadena, Orange County, Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, contact the Okorocha Law Firm (888) 977-6245.
Boot camp operator charged with girls' sex assault, Staff Report, Bloomberg Businessweek