A 41-year-old man who had been a high school teacher and boy’s baseball coach is facing charges for sexual misconduct with a teenager. The man is accused of committing the sex offenses in Frederick, Maryland, in 1997. News reports show that the man, who now lives in Washington state, is being extradited back to Maryland to face charges. He is officially accused of child abuse, attempted sex offense and sex offense.
Investigators allege that the defendant committed the sex crimes when he engaged in sexual contact with a boy who was 13 at the time of the incidents. The assault apparently occurred between April 1997 and September 1997, according to those officers. The case was under investigation in 2007, but it was suspended because of inadequate evidence and information. The man was arrested because new information came to light and the investigation was subsequently reopened.
Representatives from the Vancouver Public Schools say that they are cooperating with authorities in both Washington and Maryland. The defendant remains on paid administrative leave while the issue is being resolved. Administrators say the man has not faced any allegations in his 14 years at his current job.
This case demonstrates the fact that sex crimes investigations may last for decades. Defendants need to be prepared to defend themselves against old charges that are sometimes based largely on hearsay and testimony instead of physical evidence. Sex crimes proceedings are emotionally charged, which can make it more difficult for those involved to be objective. No matter the nature or the duration of the alleged crime, defendants have the right to fair, unbiased legal proceedings in Maryland courts.
Source: The Columbian, “Skyview teacher, coach arrested on sex abuse charges” Paris Achen and Craig Brown, Jun. 12, 2014