Sexual Crimes

Sexual Assault Definition in NYC

February 15, 2016

What can be considered sexual assault in New York City? Sexual assault is a heinous crime. It is perpetrated on both men and women, the young and the old, people with sound minds and bodies and the physical or mentally challenged. In New York they take these charges very seriously. Not only do they have a large group of well-trained law enforcement and prosecutorial staff to deal with people accused of this type of offense, […] Read On

Sentences to increase for sex trafficking in New York

March 18, 2015

New legislation is in the works that will impose tougher penalties on sex trafficking. This week the New York State Assembly passed a bill that would significantly increase the sentence for sex trafficking offenses. The measure was previously passed by the Senate, and is now headed for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The Governor has already indicated he looks forward to signing the new law. Sex trafficking is defined under § 230.34 of the New York […] Read On

More “hazing” charges in high school sports

October 15, 2014

About a year and a half ago, we reported a number of arrests involving students at the Bronx High School of Science (Hazing Charges at Prestigious New York High School). The criminal charges involved assault, hazing, forcible touching and harassment by members of the school’s track team. When we reported the incident, you might have been thinking that it was an aberration, something that did not reflect practices in other places, or on other sports […] Read On

“Groping” Charge in Long Island Furniture Delivery Case

July 16, 2013

That was the word in the headline last month – groping. According to the article, a man delivering furniture to a home in Baldwin has been charged for putting his hand on the alleged victim’s lower back and buttocks, and then bending over to look up her dress when she walked up the stairs. The actual crime charged in this case is known as “Forcible Touching.” It is a relatively new offense on the books, […] Read On

Building Super Charged with “Sexually Motivated Felony”

February 6, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered how a relatively simple crime can escalate into a more serious one, read on. What follows is not the strangest story we’ve ever seen, but it certainly ranks high on the list. A resident of Rye, who lived alone with his Labrador retriever, felt on a number of occasions that upon arriving back at his apartment, someone had entered his home while he was out. Nothing was stolen, but he did […] Read On

Staten Island Cop Rape Charges Dropped 2012

November 19, 2012

Charges have been dropped against an off-duty Staten Island police officer charged with two counts of first-degree rape, after a grand jury last week refused to issue an indictment. Arthur Roldan was arrested earlier this summer on the rape charges, along with misdemeanor counts of menacing and assault. He was accused of twice sexually assaulting his former girlfriend, once at gunpoint and the second time by holding a knife to her neck. Roldan had pleaded […] Read On

Social Networking Sites and Teen Prostitution 2012

September 19, 2012

The ring leader of an underage prostitution ring was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week. According to the Washington Post, federal prosecutors called the man the “’CEO’” of the largest underage prostitution ring” in the area’s history. Justin Strom was one of five defendants in the case, all of whom pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges. The other four defendants were previously sentenced to prison terms totaling 53 years. Here’s how the ring […] Read On

Sexual Offenses in New York – Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

June 22, 2012

We’ve pointed out in the past that when it comes to sexual offenses, one of the basic and essential concepts of criminal law – that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty – seems to vanish. Another example of this phenomenon appeared in an article in yesterday’s Daily News. The headline reads “Assistant principal pulled from Brooklyn’s Progress High School for sex remarks to female students applying for summer jobs.” The assistant principal, William Abreu, […] Read On