On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Defense and Sex Crimes on Thursday, March 15, 2012
Prosecutors recently dropped charges brought against five Missouri men in 2009. The men were accused of committing sex crimes more than two decades ago.
The men, a father and his four sons, allegedly molested five young relatives on their Missouri family farm. A sixth man was also charged, but he died last year. Some of the victims even claimed that murders took place on the farm. However, investigators never found any human remains on the property.
Recently, one of the supposed victims asked to be removed from the case. The court removed another victim due to issues with the statute of limitations.
In addition, the alleged victims in the case would not allow the release of medical records as part of the investigation because they did not want the records to be released to the public.
The prosecuting attorney said that it would likely be difficult to prove to a jury that the five men were guilty. Although she claims that she never doubted that the crimes occurred, she believes she could not prove her case beyond a reasonable doubt due to the victims’ repressed memories.
An attorney for one of the accused said he is relieved that he will finally be released and is looking forward to spending time with family and taking care of his health.
This case illustrates that anyone who is charged with a crime remains innocent until proven guilty. Although many in the public may have believed the men in this case were guilty, the evidence proved otherwise. Unfortunately, these men had to endure two years behind bars for a crime they did not commit.
Source: KCTV 5, “Prosecutor dismisses all charges in Mohler sex crimes case,” DeAnn Smith and Betsy Webster, Mar. 7, 2012