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One unfortunate and unintended consequence of the recent but long-overdue clampdown on child sexual abuse offenders is the increase in the number of false allegations.
As the crime of child sexual abuse becomes higher profile, it increasingly has nowhere to hide. More people are aware of it and recognize the tell-tale signs.
However, close interactions between adults and children are unavoidable in our society and, sometimes, the innocent actions of an adult supervising a child are misinterpreted by others.
Certain professionals in Maine have an obligation to report suspicions of child abuse. This should only be welcomed as a way to protect children, but it is easy to see how false allegations can be made.
Even reports made in good faith can be due to a misinterpretation of events. Unfortunately, reports are also sometimes made to intentionally sully the name and reputation of the accused – whether in a bitter child custody battle in a divorce or another adversarial situation.
Regardless of how it comes about, an accusation of child sexual abuse is one of the most serious for anyone to contend with. It can cause an immense loss of reputation and standing in the community.
So, what should you do about the situation if you are falsely accused of child sexual abuse? And, just as importantly, what should you NOT do?
It is important to take certain actions if you are in a position of responsibility with children in your profession and are open to false allegations of child sexual abuse in Maine.
Daycare workers, scout leaders, coaches, and others should:
Additionally, parents should avoid the prospect of an angry ex-spouse accusing them of child sexual abuse by attempting to remain on amicable terms during a divorce and child custody dispute.
If you are accused of child sexual abuse, you need to take it seriously whatever the circumstances. Complaints will be investigated and it is possible to be charged even if the accuser wants to drop the charges against you.
Try to do the following:
Knowing what NOT to do when falsely accused of child sexual abuse is just as important as knowing what to do.
Avoid doing any of the following:
The worst thing you can do is to be passive and do nothing. With such serious allegations, you must take action to protect your rights, your freedom and your reputation.
Convictions for sexual crimes against children like gross sexual assault or sexual abuse of a minor have serious immediate and long-term implications that can affect future employment, relationships, and more.
With expert legal counsel, you can defeat the charges and move on with your life.
Call the office of The Maine Criminal Defense Group to speak with one of our team members, who will discuss your case with you and set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.
If you are facing criminal charges in Maine, the attorneys at The Maine Criminal Defense Group are here to help. Call our office to speak with
one of our team members, who will discuss your case with you and set up a consultation with one of our attorneys
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