Why Sexual Battery of a Minor Will Cost You Your Life in Prison
A WPTV News article posted last Friday describes the gruesome case of a 3-month old baby boy now in critical condition after suffering severe injuries from sexual assault.
Detectives for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office charged Jermaine Williams, 23, of Vero Beach with capital sexual battery and aggravated child abuse Thursday. He was being held without bail at the Indian River County Jail.
Family members took the infant to Indian River Medical Center after discovering his injuries about 10 p.m. Wednesday, the affidavit states. Detectives said Williams had care of the child alone during the time of the attack. The boy was flown to St. Mary’s Children Hospital in West Palm Beach.
Williams faced four charges in 2006 for sexual battery on a child under the age of 12, according to court records. However, he was not prosecuted for any of the charges.
Sexual Battery and the Law
According to Florida law, sexual battery is defined as the forced oral, vaginal or anal penetration by or union with the sexual organ of another. Consent is a defense to sexual battery unless the victim is less than 12 years of age or less than 18 years of age when the offender stands in a position of familial or custodial authority. It should be noted that sexual battery upon a child less than 12 years of age is a capital felony with a mandatory life sentence.
Sexual Battery Defense
Although Williams is probably facing a mandatory life sentence for his deplorable actions, if you have been charged with sexual battery, there may be hope for you. As long as you speak with a criminal defense lawyer who knows what he’s doing, you may be able to save some face with regards to this type of crime.
Sexual battery of a minor is one of the most difficult cases to resolve. It is important to have the help of a criminal defense lawyer in order to receive the most fair trial possible.