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San Francisco man accused of sexually assaulting disabled child

Crimes against children are taken especially seriously in a court of law and the court of public opinion. Depending of the type and severity of the crime committed against a juvenile, a defendant's rights to a fair trial can be affected by factors like publicity and the emotions of those involved. Such may be the case for a San Francisco man now facing multiple charges, which include allegations of rape and kidnapping, involving a mentally disabled girl.

A 16-year-old autistic girl was allegedly abducted in November 2012 and held for three days. According to police, the girl has a diminished mental capacity, similar to someone 9 to 12 years old. Court documents, filed by the Oakland police, contend that the girl was sexually assaulted multiple times. Once the girl escaped, a surveillance camera picture at a transit station was used to find the 36-year-old man who is accused of the crime.

The man who has been charged was apprehended by police near the location that the girl was allegedly abducted. He has pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges including kidnapping and rape; he is due to make a return appearance in court later this month.

Given that the defendant is a convicted felon, and is accused of several sex crimes against a child, there could be some doubt that he will receive a fair trial. Sound legal advice and representation can help to ensure that this and other similar trials are fair to people who have been charged with crimes.

Source: KTVU.com, "Not guilty plea in sexual assault of autistic girl," Jan. 16, 2013

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