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Prostitution Charges Against Sixteen Year Old Dismissed

Judge John T. Hecht recently dismissed prostitution charges against a sixteen year old girl who was accused of hustling. Judge Hecht sits in the Criminal Court in Kings County. He has adopted the point of view young prostitutes are simply sexually exploited children. He stated with regard to the case of People vs. Samantha R, 2011kno 9255, “the criminal justice system is not always the best venue for addressing societal problems.”

In this case Samanthar R was arrested after she solicited males for prostitution. She was initially charged with loitering for the purpose of prostitution. This is a noncriminal violation punishable only up to 15 days in jail.

Safe Harbor for Exploited Children’s Act

Judge Hecht, in his decision, stated the legislature in 2008 enacted the “Safe Habor For Exploited Children Act.” Judge Hecht interpretted this statute to mean sixteen and seventeen year olds who are charged with prostitution should be referred to the Family Court and not prosecuted criminally. Judge Hecht further stated “if she is incapable of consenting to intercourse, the incapacity does not change because she agrees to except money.” Judge Hecht’s position is that the Safe Harbor Act precludes prosecution for prostitution of cases such as the one involving Samantha R.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Should you be charged with a crime, you need the best possible legal representation. The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been representing New Yorkers and Long Islanders for more than thirty years. We have experience in handling cases involving white collar crimes, violent crimes, computer and internet crimes, drug offenses, driving while intoxicated (DWI), weapons possesssion charges, juvenile cases, assault and battery, and all other felonies and misdemeanors. Call us for a free consultation. Our phones are monitored 24/7. We can also help you arrange for bail and in some situations expunge matters from your record.

Life Sentence For Possession of Child Pornography

It is against the law to download child pornography from the internet. It violates both State and Federal laws.

But A Life Sentence?

Daniel Enrique Guevara Vialca, age 26, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Court Judge in Florida for downloading pornographic images from the internet. Is this sentence too severe? Criminal Justice experts point out if Daniel had molested a child he most likely would have received a less harsh sentence. Professor Douglas Berman, who teaches at Ohio State University, stated “to me, a failure to distinguish between people who look at these dirty pictures and people who commit contact offenses lacks the nuance and proportionality I think our law demands.”

Sexual Offenses Involving Crimes of Children

Sexual offenses involving children are among the most outrageous. Americans have no sympathy for individuals involved with child pornography. Most people assume that individuals who download child pornography from the internet will molest children. However, there is a body of scientific research that shows this is simply untrue. Most child pornography viewers are passive individuals who look at the pornography but take no action to actually carry out these fantasies. Simply speaking, viewers of child pornography are generally not child molesters. Unfortunately, this view is not widely accepted by most Judges.

Murderers Received Life Sentences

Daniel Enrique Guevara Vialca has received a life sentence. This is the same type of sentence given to murderers. This is a disproportionate sentence. Although child pornography should remain illegal, the court should distinguish between individuals who view child pornography and child molesters. Men charged with possession of child pornography should not receive the same sentence as those convicted of first degree murder!

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Vigorous, aggressive legal representation is required if you are investigated or charged with a crime. Elliot S. Schlissel and his associates have been representing New Yorkers charged with crimes for more than 30 years. The law firm is experienced representing individuals charged with computer and internet crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, sex crimes, weapons possession, driving while intoxicated (DWI), burglary, shoplifting, juvenile offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses and all types of misdemeanors and felonies. Call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 and 718-350-2802 for a free consultation.

Juvenile Rape in Turkey

Twenty six men were charged for having sex with a thirteen year old girl in Turkey. The Turkish Court made a ruling the thirteen year old girl had “willfully engaged in consensual sexual relations with the twenty six men.” The public in Turkey was outraged. This decision is truly outrageous.

The incident took place in 2002. Twenty six men were accused of having sex on multiple occasions with a thirteen year old girl. The men paid two adult women for the sexual liaisons during the period of seven months. The men were sentenced pursuant to Turkey’s lenient Penal Code regarding sex with underage juveniles. The country’s penal code was thereafter modified in 2005. The older Turkish Penal Code gave reduced sentences regarding sexual liasions between adults and children under the age of fifteen if the child consented. A women’s group spokesman, Pinar Iikkaracan in Turkey stated “in the new Turkish Penal Code there is no question of consent, that is incredibly important to us.” “In terms of girls and boys under fifteen it is very clear any violation of the body for sexual purposes is defined as sexual abuse in the new code. Which means that sexual assault or the violation of the body should have a higher sentence.”

Some of the twenty six men who had sex with the thirteen year old were acquitted, while others received jail sentences of one to four years imprisonment.

Sexual Abuse in The U.S.

In the United States young children are considered not capable of consenting to sexual liasons with adults. Sexual abuse cases are handled as child abuse and neglect proceedings in the Family Courts as well as in the Criminal Courts in the State of New York. These types of cases are usually aggressively enforced by procecutors in New York.

Criminal Defense

Men and women accused of crimes in the United States are innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution has the obligation of proving beyond a reasonable doubt the individuals charged with offenses have actually committed those offenses. Individuals charged with crimes are entitled to defense counsel. The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been defending individuals charged with all types of criminal matters for more than 30 years. We represent individuals charged with sex crimes, white collar crimes, violent crimes, computer crimes, internet crimes, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, juvenile defenses, driving while intoxicated (DWI), weapons possession and all other misdemeanors and felonies. Call us for a free consultation. Our phones are monitored 24/7. Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

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