Sometimes, it could take little more than the words of another party to prompt an investigation into the presence of unlawful activity. What one party might view as an accident or action that is misinterpreted, another might see as an act of aggression or violence. A recent incident that is said to have occurred on a walking trail in Wisconsin has reportedly left a 25-year-old man facing charges for sexual assault and kidnapping.
According to reports, the incident took place on a recent Monday as a woman was traveling along a local walking trail. She claims that while she was on the trail, a man suddenly came up behind her and knocked her down before attempting to drag her off the trail. Authorities say she was able to break free and escape from him and call for help, and she claims the man walked away after others responded to the scene.
Reports indicate that the man denies attacking the woman and asserts that he accidentally ran into and became tangled up with her while running on the trail. While few details were provided regarding the investigation of the incident, reports indicate that he was taken into custody soon after the alleged incident. According to reports, he is currently facing charges for sexual assault and kidnapping.
The next steps
A conviction for sexual assault charges carries serious repercussions that could have a significant impact on the man’s life. Individuals who face allegations of unlawful behavior under similar scenarios might benefit from speaking with an attorney as soon as possible for guidance in thoroughly evaluating the situation and choosing the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can work toward addressing all a client’s questions and concerns, provide insight on his or her available options and assist in creating a strong defense for use during subsequent court proceedings.