Police in Brooklyn are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman. According to reports, the woman allegedly walked into her Gowanus apartment building near Third Ave. at around 11 P.M. on January 4th. As she entered her building, the suspect reportedly snuck into the door quietly and followed her all the way to her room.
Then, it’s alleged that the suspect jumped on the woman and reached underneath her skirt. The man molested the victim before fleeing the area. The woman later told authorities that nothing was said during the attack, and she did not recognize the culprit. She was taken to the Kings County Hospital.
Police believe that they captured surveillance video evidence that shows the suspect’s face. The suspect is described as being about 5-foot-6, having short black hair, and maintaining a medium build. He was wearing a dark backpack, black jeans, and white sneakers.
If you or someone you know has information regarding this crime, then police ask you to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All sources will remain completely confidential.
Defending Yourself Against Sex Crime Allegations
Sexual abuse is taken very seriously by the courtrooms in New York. Under the law, sexual abuse is not the same as sexual intercourse, so it’s still possible to be charged with these types of sexual crimes even if no penetration occurred. In other words, the incident outlined above could still be charged as a sexual assault.
Sexual assault, under the law, can be charged in the first, second, or third degree. The first degree is the most serious. Sexual abuse in the third degree, which is likely what the suspect above would be charged with, is considered a Class B misdemeanor.
While it’s the least severe charge, it can still come with life-altering consequences including jail time, fines, potential probation, and even being required to register as a sexual offender in your community. When you register as a sex offender, you have to publicly list your name, offense, address, and post an up-to-date picture, too.
Start Constructing Your Defense Strategy Now
If you or someone you love has recently been arrested for a sexual crime in Brooklyn or a surrounding area, then it’s important to start constructing your defense strategy as soon as possible. To determine what type of defense strategy would work best in your circumstances, it might be wise to consult with an experienced lawyer.
A good lawyer will listen to your side of the story, explain the potential defense strategies that could work in your situation, and further discuss your legal options moving forward. A good lawyer can help advise you on what they believe is the best strategy, and they can also use their knowledge and expertise to help you build a solid and strong defense.
If you’re ready to discuss your charges with a lawyer, then we invite you to schedule a case evaluation with our attorneys today.