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Category: Sex Crimes

FSU’s Policy and Investigation Process for Sexual Misconduct

May 12, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

In 2021, FSU Professor John “Read” Gainsford was accused of sexual misconduct with a male undergrad student. Although Gainsford was never charged and remains a faculty member, the incident brings up the current state of the university’s policy on sexual misconduct. There are different routes to take for either a student or faculty member getting accused of sexual misconduct. This …

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How Does Probation Work for a Registered Sex Offender?

May 11, 2022 Probation Violation, Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are very serious offenses, and the state of Florida takes does not take them lightly. If someone has been accused of a sex crime, they face harsh consequences such as fines, potential jail time, and the social stigma of being placed as a registered sex offender. In some cases, a guilty verdict may not necessarily mean that the …

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What was the Columbia Mattress Protest?

May 10, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Sex Crimes

Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault. The Columbia University sexual assault case referred to as the “Mattress Case” received national attention in 2014. The case involved two students attending Columbia University at the time—Emma Sulkowicz and Paul Nungesser. On the first day of Sulkowicz’s sophomore year at Columbia in 2012, she claimed that she was raped by …

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Can Posting a Video on Snap Chat be considered a Written Threat?

May 6, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes

Teenagers are often categorized as emotional, dramatic, or even illogical risk-takers. Studies show that the reason they are prone to making these types of choices is simply due to the normal development of their brain. A story by Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, explains how the constant tug of war that the teenage brain experiences is logical when considering its purpose. Teenagers …

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False Rape Allegations in Florida Universities

May 5, 2022 College, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Considering the “Me Too” movement and more victims coming forward, universities are quick to make judgment against students accused of sexual assault. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were 7,650 identified reports of sexual offenses in 2020 and a total of 4,182 arrests. Sexual violence can have harsh physical, mental, and emotional consequences. Some of the results …

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10 Years on the Run Finally Ends – Suspect Arrested for Capital Sexual Battery

April 14, 2022 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

The hunt for a suspect in a capital sexual battery case has finally been found. After 10 long years, Benjamin Quinn, 37, has been arrested by the police. Quinn was found on a secluded farm going by a fake name, and trying to outrun a crime he had already admitted to. In the state of Florida, sexual battery is taken …

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What to do if You are Accused of Paying for Sex in Florida

April 12, 2022 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Although prostitution has been highlighted or even glamorized in pop culture, we can guarantee that it is nothing like the hit film, Pretty Woman. In fact, getting caught engaging in prostitution-related crimes can lead to serious consequences. Whether you are the person who is trying to use sex work to make money, have been accused of paying for sex, or …

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How Can Digital Evidence Affect a Child Pornography Criminal Case?

March 31, 2022 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Getting accused of a child pornography crime is an extremely serious matter. Florida has extremely strict laws regarding child pornography, which you can read more about here. With a child pornography conviction comes high fines, long prison terms, sex offender registration, and the social stigma with family, friends, and peers. Although it may seem like an impossible charge to beat, …

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The Role Physical State Plays in a Sexual Battery Charge

February 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Florida does not take sexual assault allegations lightly. In fact, sex crimes may receive some of the harshest penalties in the state of Florida. Sexual battery is the legal term for rape, and depending on the circumstances surrounding the offense, can result in different legal repercussions. The physical state of the alleged victim is one of the circumstances the court …

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