A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy will likely spend two years behind bars for sex crimes. At a hearing, the former deputy pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting 6 female inmates. The assaults took place at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood in 2017.
The former corrections official allegedly assaulted the women in their cells and in other jail areas. Investigators arrested the 10-year veteran initially in September 2017 when two victims came forward. Following his initial arrest, additional victims surfaced and authorities arrested him a second time. Each time, he posted bail and was released the next day. Originally, he faced charges of rape under color of authority, but pleaded no contest to lesser offenses. All of the victims were adults at the time of their assaults. Due to his convictions on lesser offenses, the man will not have to register as a sex offender.
The man will return to court for sentencing on September 26. If he fails to appear, his sentence could be converted to a maximum of seven years and four months.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney
When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of practice experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He takes sexual assault defense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
This case demonstrates that not all convictions for sexual offenses result in mandatory sex offender registration. Certain offenses don’t qualify for the state’s offender registry statute. Mr. Helfend does not judge clients based on the charges against them. He will work aggressively to reduce the charges against his clients, or get them dropped altogether.
Sex offender registration places a heavy burden on people. Those who are required to register may have trouble finding work or living arrangements. They may face restrictions on who they can associate with or where they can live. Although the law offers some protection for registered sex offenders, many communities continue to enforce illegal statutes against offenders.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced defense attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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