This case, as Heather Rawlyk reports for the Capital Gazette, involves two young Maryland men and a prostitute who flew in from Sacramento. There, in the Hanover Hilton Garden Inn, the woman says she was gang-raped by the two men, although her story seemed to have changed on several occasions.
Nonetheless, the accusation was serious and resulted in severe consequences for the two men, students in their early twenties, who must now register as sex offenders after taking pleas.
Because of the nature of the accusations, as well as the nature of the alleged criminal offense, there is more “gray area” than usual, unlike some other types of crimes. In this particular case, the gray area consists of the woman’s changing story.
Make no mistake: prosecutors and society-at-large take sex offenses like rape very seriously. But lifetime sex-offense registration and significant time served behind bars – not to mention an abrupt halt to the educations and job opportunities these young men may have hoped for – is a large price to pay for accusations that may not have been entirely true.
If you have been accused of a sex crime, contact a sex crimes attorney in Baltimore to protect your legal rights.