Criminal defense for child sex crimes
We have unfortunately had our share of child sex crimes here in Pennsylvania. Whether it was being shocked over Jerry Sandusky or hearing yet another sad story about Catholic clergymen and young boys and girls, it seems that accounts of sexual molestation remain a theme throughout the state on all sorts of media publications and mediums. For the last Pennsylvania Senate is cracking down due, in part, to the negativity surrounding the state and its stance of sex crimes. The PA Senate approved a bill last year that solidifies penalties against people found guilty of sex crimes, child abuse, and possession of, distribution of, production of child pornography. Under this bill, suspects convicted a second or subsequent time of producing, disseminating, or viewing child pornography will be considered for a first degree felony offense and carry with it first degree felony sentencing. In addition, other laws have been passed that provide better transparency concerning just technically who can be considered a culprit of child abuse. The definition of who can be considered an offender, or “perpetrator,” has also been expanded to definitively include relatives who suspect abuse but do not live with the child, an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend, and an ex-wife or ex-husband. Another bill worsens the punishment for guilty parties who have “covered up” acts of child physical abuse and sexual abuse. Another stiffens requirements of healthcare professionals to report any supposed abuse, whether physical or sexual, to a county child welfare worker. And in an effort to better exploit the permeating problem of child abuse, Pennsylvania has ensured that the identity of the culprit no longer needs to be known to include reports of child abuse to state statisticians, arguing that the real numbers of children being abused are being covered up because perpetrator identity has always been necessary to include the accusations in PA child abuse statistics. Pennsylvania lawmakers have rightly made it their duty to protect children from abuse. Cracking down on child abuse offenders is a way to show the rest of the country that PA doesn’t take abuse lightly and without consequences. However, because of the stigma that surrounds these crimes and the fervency at which prosecutors are so keen to incriminate, many of those who are accused are branded guilty in the eyes of the public before they even step foot into a courtroom. Attorney Gary Gerson is here to help. For more than 25 years, Mr. Gerson has been making sure his clients receive a fair trial and that their rights are upheld regardless of public perspective. If you have been arrested for child abuse or child sex crimes, call Gary Gerson today at (412) 281-3380 for a free consultation.