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What evidence caused the arrest of a local #Pittsburgh Pastor for Sexual Assault?

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A pastor in the Pittsburgh area has been arrested and charged with corrupting a minor. The pastor, who was one of the leaders of an outreach ministry in Homestead, is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage member of that church’s congregation. The male victim, who is now 21 years old, reported to police that the pastor had sexually abused him on a regular basis over a two-and-a-half year time span.

The pastor was believed to be counseling the young man at the church but was instead allegedly using that time to commit the assaults which reportedly occurred in one of the church’s offices,  a bathroom, and one of the back rooms.

According to the criminal complaint, the assaults began in 2009 and lasted until almost the end of 2011. By that time the victim was a freshman in college and had notified the pastor at that time that he didn’t want any more counseling from him. The pastor allegedly told the boy not to inform his mother or anyone else about what had been going on because “he didn’t want to get into trouble”.

In theory, Sex Assault cases can be difficult to prove due to the lack of a confession or other particularly damaging evidence. Though there are definitely many cases of those in authority abusing their power, many sex assault cases rest solely on the testimony of the victim, standing alone, without any corroborating evidence.

Most troubling, is the reality of how sex assault cases are handled: the allegation alone can lead to an arrest, without any DNA evidence, witnesses or any other supporting information. In most occasions, the investigating officers feel obligated to proceed with the charges with the mindset, “the jury will figure it out”.  When the jury gets the case, some jurors admit that they feel compelled to convict since, “the officer arrested them, therefore something must have happened.” What is lost in the two mindsets is the fact that the Defendant should be presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

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Pittsburgh Elementary School Teacher Charged With Rape

A music teacher at Avonworth Elementary School was arrested on Friday after being charged with sexual assault on one of his relatives beginning in 2002 when she was 10 years old. The teacher was placed on administrative leave by school officials. The Ben Avon resident is a former high school and middle school band teacher, and has been banned from school property. He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $200,000 bond. The sexual assault was first brought to light in 2009 when the accuser was 17 years old. She confided in officials at a local faith-based organization when she became concerned that her attacker may have gotten her pregnant.

An investigation was launched by police when the organization’s officials reported the abuse, but the girl recanted her statement regarding the attacks – and as a result there were no charges filed. She said that the abuse took place “on and off” for a number of years starting when she was 10 but police were not able to find any evidence to back up her story or the details thereof.

Despite her recantation, the girl insisted in a more recent interview with police that her initial statement was a truthful one and that her attacker had written her a letter expressing romantic feelings for her which she says he personally delivered to her during the fall of 2013. The accused has been charged with rape, sexual assault, and other crimes related crimes, and will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on February 13th of this year. The school superintendent stated in a letter addressed to parents of children within the school district that the district is cooperating with police and the district attorney’s office, but that no further comment could be made for the sake of the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.