Shuman guard charged with sex crimes
Recently, we have heard a lot of stories of sex crimes involving adults in positions of power who coax teens into sexual acts and sexual situations. Mostly, these stories come from high schools, not only in Western Pennsylvania, but all over the country. These stories are intriguing to many people because there is a constant, lingering argument about the maturity of young men and women below the age of 18 and the age and culpability of the accused. As a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience, I have learned to take every story and rumor at face value, and look for the ultimate truth in every scenario. A guard at Allegheny County’s Shuman Juvenile Detention Center who has been charged with propositioning a teenage girl for sex, turned himself in Wednesday to Allegheny County Police, according to reports. Police issued a warrant for the man’s arrest on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, child endangerment, corruption of a minor, and official oppression. The girl, a 16-year-old, was imprisoned at Shuman. She told investigators that the 38-year-old Oakland man passed her a note in August suggesting the two have sex upon her release. The suspect could not be reached for comment. Court records do not indicate whether or not he has a criminal defense attorney. He is scheduled for a hearing on 30 September in Municipal Court in Pittsburgh. According to records, the man has worked for Allegheny County since September of 2012. He is currently suspended without pay while the investigation ensues. If you have questions about cases such as this, or you have been accused of such crimes, call Pittsburgh criminal defense and sex crimes attorney Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875.