Man faces federal charges for alleged sex crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A 78-year-old retired chemical engineer has been charged with attempting to persuade a minor to engage insexual activity. The man allegedly began communicating with a 14-year-old boy online and planned to meet with him a second time earlier this month in Missouri.

According to police, the man and the teen met last year for an alleged sexual encounter. The teen’s mother found out and notified the local authorities. Law Enforcement officers then pretended to be the boy and began communicating with the 78-year-old man.

The man allegedly sent the boy child pornography and told him he had reserved a room at a motel for the two of them.

The man was arrested and had a court appearance followed by a detention hearing the following day. Authorities are attempting to hold the man in prison until his trial. In addition to his current charge, authorities say he may face additional federal charges.

Being charged with a federal crime is very serious. However, individuals accused of a crime still have legal rights and options. In a situation such as the one above, it is important to obtain a strong legal defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work to ensure an individual’s rights are not violated while preparing an aggressive defense against the charges.

Charges such as these, and even the mere accusations, will likely have a lasting impact on this man’s life regardless of the verdict. Having a strong defense, however, may limit the level and potential consequences of a conviction.

Source: STL Today, “West Virginia man planned liaison with Troy, Mo., teen, feds say,” Robert Patrick, Feb. 14, 2012