Though the alleged incidents took place overseas – in which two school employees, in their late-twenties and early-thirties, are charged with having had sex with underage teenage students during a stay in Germany – the trial judge in the U.S. recently ruled that the court had out-of-state jurisdiction to hear the case.
According to the Associated Press, in a story published by Fox News, the judge said, “The State of New Jersey has a substantial interest in regulating the conduct of supervisory personnel to ensure the safety and protection of its children.”
The decision (which the prosecutor characterized as “courageous”) will allow the case to proceed to trial in front of a jury. As the judge said, in which his decision allowed the case to continue, the jury would be allowed to decide whether or not the two high school employees’ conduct amounted to a criminal offense.
From a defense attorney’s viewpoint, allowing a state court to have jurisdiction over an alleged crime that took place overseas is quite an extension of the “long arm” of the law. Indeed, the two accused men’s defense lawyers argued that the judge’s decision would allow out-of-state criminal charges to be tried in state.
If you are charged with a sex crime, contact a Baltimore, Maryland sex crimes attorney right away to protect your legal rights.