A Wisconsin man will face at least 62 felony counts in connection with alleged sexual assaults. Police began their investigation after receiving a complaint from a 17-year-old woman who claimed that she had been drugged and sexual assaulted by the accused. Police executed a search of the accused's home and began an on-going investigation of the man.
Police reportedly found pictures and videos taken of women, who appeared to be asleep at the time the photographs were taken, on the accused's computer and inside his digital storage. At least 10 women were identified in the various pictures and videos that were found at the accused's home. None of the women interviewed had any recollection of the pictures and videos being taken.
The defendant in this case faces serious charges that could land the accused in prison for most of his remaining life. It is crucial that the accused's attorney communicates with his client effectively so the appropriate steps are taken to either seek a plea bargain reducing the known charges, or a possible dismissal. Any evidence of consent to the photographs and videos, or evidence that would prove that the accused in fact did not take the pictures and video, would greatly assist the defendant in this case.
Sexual assault charges are very serious and often difficult to defend. Jury pools may sometimes be slightly swayed toward conviction after hearing or seeing the media coverage of higher profile cases such as the one detailed here. The public, and potential members of juries specifically, need to remember that the accused in this case remains innocent until proven guilty at trial. Attorneys assist in this process by making sure that the criminal prosecutor has done their job correctly, and adequately, no matter what charges are levied against their clients.
Source: Two cities, "Wisconsin: Madison man accused of drugging, assaulting 7 women", Associated press, June 11, 2013