Though the heading of this post is certainly attention grabbing, it should also serve as a reminder to all of us that accusations of sex crimes can sometimes serve to affect our judgment as to whether someone is actually guilty or innocent, regardless of the facts behind those accusations.
Last week a 30-year-old Rice Lake schoolteacher plead not guilty to charges that she sexually assaulted two teenage male students. The middle school teacher is accused of two counts of sexual assault of a student by a school staff member. The two 17-year-old students acknowledged having sex with the teacher on multiple occasions late last year and in January of this year.
With this year's tax deadline looming, many Wisconsin residents are frantically searching for receipts, W-2s and all the other documentation they need to file their income taxes. Some filers will undoubtedly make mistakes in their accounting, which the Internal Revenue Service usually acknowledges with a letter telling them to fix the error. But the IRS isn't as forgiving in cases of suspected tax fraud.
A man who recently pleaded guilty to a state charge of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime is also facing federal charges involving underage pornography. He entered the guilty plea as part of an agreement with the district attorney's office and remains in police custody.
In a criminal trial, it's the prosecutor's job to take whatever measures he or she deems necessary to protect the victim. Those measures might include concealing the victim's identity and determining whether victim testimony will help or harm the victim and the case. It's the defense attorney's job to do the same for his or her client. Not surprisingly, many times these opposing measures clash, requiring a judge to decide what should be allowed.
Convicted sex offenders in Wisconsin are required to register their addresses, but what if they're unable to find one? That was the issue at the center of a state Supreme Court case involving a homeless man who was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender.
The police chief of a small town in southwest Wisconsin was arrested last week in Nebraska. The 29-year-old chief, who is the sole officer in the Readstown Police Department, was wanted on several charges, including two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
The pastor of a Milwaukee church who also ran a private choice school has been accused of stealing federal funds for the school for his own personal use. He was indicted last week by a grand jury on four counts of theft of federal funds and one count of wire fraud. The federal charges could result in a 60-year prison sentence if he's convicted.
One common consequence of being convicted of a sex crime is a prison sentence. While that may come as no surprise, many people are shocked to learn upon conviction that there are state and federal mandatory minimum sentences that aren't appropriate for their particular crime.