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Spokane man arrested on sex charges released without bail

Just the simple allegation of criminal conduct can change someone's life. In Washington, like elsewhere in the country, the impact can be compounded if the allegations involve children or minors. Crimes such as child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and sexual assault can result in substantial prison time and other harsh consequences for anyone convicted of them.

Harsh consequences may be what a 53-year-old Spokane man may be facing after police accused him of the sexual solicitation of a 15-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover Seattle detective. According to police, last August the man posted an online advertisement stating his age and requesting sex with a "young skinny girl." The undercover detective allegedly responded to the ad posing as a juvenile female and began a correspondence that included graphic sexual descriptions. After several months of contact, the Spokane man was arrested and charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes and commercial sexual abuse involving a minor.

Authorities allegedly found four condoms and $200 in cash in the defendant's truck. The accused reportedly told investigators that he had planned to have sex with the minor in a private place. Court documents describe his confession as apologetic and noted that he had no criminal record. The defendant was later released without bail after a court employee verified that the man had ties to the area. The recommendation for release was approved.

The overall criminal history of a Washington resident can sometimes affect the outcome of a criminal case. The lack of a criminal record can sometimes be a valid argument against prosecution on criminal charges, or it may result in less severe charges being levied against the individual. Regardless of evidence and testimony, however, an individual accused of a crime is still presumed innocent until proven guilty. Every citizen has rights that must be protected by law enforcement officers and the courts, and an attorney can help ensure those rights are properly protected.

Source: The Spokesman-Review, "No bail required for suspect in child sex case," Kip Hill, June 27, 2014

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