Man facing 26 sex crime-related charges

A 57-year-old man arrested in Baltimore, Maryland, is facing 26 charges in Annapolis, Maryland, related sex crimes involving a 12- and 10-year-old girls. According to police, the crimes were discovered after detectives were looking at surveillance video from the laundromat where the man worked. The detectives were investigating a missing person case that led them to the business.

The court documents state that the man raped the 12-year-old and sexually assaulted the 10-year-old. The latter has cerebral palsy. The 12-year-old reportedly told police that the man had sexually abused her many times — even when her mother was in the facility doing laundry. The 10-year-old’s disability keeps the child from communicating.

The court documents also state that the man allegedly admitted to touching the youngest victim. He is currently facing two counts of second-degree rape, five counts of third-degree sex offense, three counts of perverted practice, five counts of second-degree assault and several other charges.

The man, who is from El Salvador and believed to be in the country illegally, is currently being held on no bond. His bond was originally set at $500,000; however, prosecutors told the judge that the man’s relatives told them that if he had to face charges, he would run.

While these crimes are horrific, everyone charged with a crime in the U.S. is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. For those facing such charges, it can seem as though the media already has found them guilty. In order to protect one’s reputation as well as his or her freedom, a strong defense presented by an experienced defense attorney is necessary.

Source: wbaltv.com, “El Salvador native arrested on child sex offenses in Annapolis,” Lowell Melser, Oct. 23, 2015