Being accused of a sex crime can have serious consequences, as we have seen in previous posts. If convicted of a sex crime, a person can face a prison sentence and even have to register as a sex offender. Even without a conviction, allegations can permanently damage personal reputation and have a negative impact on family relationships.
If you recall, a previous post back in October discussed the implications of two University of Wisconsin - Green Bay soccer players who had been accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at a party. The school took the allegations very seriously. If the two students had been convicted, their futures as athletes and students may have been in jeopardy.
Just recently, prosecutors decided to drop the charges against the two students. Initially after the incident, the woman had told investigators that she did not recall consenting to having sex with one of the students. One question that was raised was whether a date rape drug had been used.
Three months ago, investigators sent a blood sample to be tested for traces of a date rape drug. The woman had stated that she had been given a drink at the party that could have been laced with a drug because she had trouble remembering the events of the night. However the test results came back showing no evidence of a drug in the woman's system. As a result, the sexual assault charges against the two students have been dropped.
If the students had been charged and convicted of the crimes, not only would they be facing immediate penalties but they would likely have difficulty finding employment in the future. Having to register as a sex offender and having a criminal conviction can seriously impact one's future.
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette online, "No evidence of rape drug in blood tests; 2 UW-Green Bay students will not be charged," Paul Srubas, 18 February 2011