Conviction upheld in sex crime involving love letters to 8-year-old girl

Conviction upheld in sex crime involving love letters to 8-year-old girl

As Lindsey McPherson reports for the Baltimore Sun, in late June a Maryland appeals court upheld the conviction of a male teacher accused of sending love letters to an 8-year-old student.

Though McPherson’s report does not mention the type of charges, it’s likely that they involved either third or fourth-degree sex offenses.

The ruling affirms the precedent that someone can be convicted of sexual abuse of a minor despite no evidence of actual physical contact. In other words, the teacher remains behind bars based on the letters alone.

“Sexual acts are not only limited to physical acts,” said the judge, as McPherson reports. “The totality of these letters, the hugging and the hand holding were exploitative.”

As this case illustrates, there is no such thing as a minor sex crime in Maryland.

The teacher may have believed that he loved the girl, as expressed in his letters – “I am sad because I really love you and I am not supposed to” – but the judge did not agree with his claim that the letters were non-sexual in nature.

If you are facing sex crimes charges, don’t risk your future, contact a sex crimes attorney in MD to protect your legal rights.

Source: Sexual abuse conviction upheld for Columbia educator who wrote love letters to student

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