What has been vaguely described in multiple criminal cases as a "proven law enforcement technique" has lately come under increased scrutiny.
A conviction on charges of sexual assault or any sex crime is something that shouldn't be taken lightly. Families and careers can be ruined, and financial survival is at risk. Regardless of guilt or innocence, a defendant has rights that must be protected during the process.
A Rogersville, Missouri, man is facing life in prison after being brought up on charges of sodomy and statutory rape. According to reports, the 41-year-old allegedly had sexual interactions with an underage female from April 2011 to April 2013. Police say that the girl was interviewed in July 2013 as part of an investigation and allegedly gave the officers details on the interactions with the 41-year-old. The man was reportedly interview in August 2013, but nothing the man said was considered an admission of guilt.
Police in St. Louis are reportedly looking for additional victims possibly related to a current arrest. Often a sex offense investigation will unearth other incidents of alleged criminal sexual misconduct attributable to the individual. In addition, there are occasions when charges filed against a person are not sex crimes in the typical sense of the word, although some manner of sexual gratification may be the underlying motive.
Missouri executives have access to funds in most businesses. Any of them with criminal tendencies might be tempted to acquire some for personal use. White collar crime, including embezzlement and fraud, can start with taking a dollar or two that one feels won't be missed. But once begun, it may be that access to huge sums of money creates a slippery slope.
Searching for sex in a classified ad is nothing new. However, access to the internet has changed the dynamics somewhat, and it allows for far-reaching options when it comes to sexual propensities. What's important to keep in mind, however, is that a sex crime is still a sex crime, even on the Internet.
When it comes to criminal charges, sometimes working with the evidence before its actually filed is in a person's best interest. This is often the case in the area of white collar crime. If convicted, penalties can be severe and have long-term consequences that affect one's reputation, earning capability and family life.
Later this month, the head of the division of the Justice Department that is directly tasked with prosecuting white-collar crime is choosing to step down from her position. While Mythili Raman has been in charge of the white-collar crime division, the Justice Department has become increasingly focused on holding violators accountable for their actions under the law.
One of the themes we're following in this blog is health care fraud. We last wrote about this last summer, in our August 2 post, in connection with the role of electronic health records. The increasing use of digital records has made more personal data vulnerable to identity theft, which in turn is often associated with health care fraud.
The Great Recession has had a profound effect on American life. With so many millions of homes lost to foreclosure, and so many millions of jobs lost, the effects have been incredibly far-reaching -- and are far from over yet.