Finding oneself on the receiving end of a criminal charge is almost always intimidating, especially if the charges are federal in nature. Recently, two Spokane professionals have found themselves facing federal charges. While there are various ways in which a person may have to make a criminal defense in federal court, these two local cases involve accusations of exploiting children.
The first case involves a local bankruptcy attorney who has been charged with possessing and receiving child pornography. The case began in a somewhat unusual manner - the defendant apparently left his iPad computer at a grocery store, but when he picked it up law enforcement notified him that there was child pornography on it. Later, federal agents reportedly searched his home. In addition, federal prosecutors listed his residence as property that may be seized due to its having been allegedly used in the commission of a crime. The man has been held at the Spokane County Jail while awaiting his bail hearing.
The other case involves a former doctor for the VA in Spokane. The man was originally arrested last fall, but a recent indictment has brought new federal charges against the defendant. Now, the former physician faces over 35 counts of sexually abusing children. The man is accused of drugging and engaging in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old, and also of transporting children between different states in order to have sex with them. If convicted on just one charge of aggravated sex abuse of a child, the defendant could be sentenced to life in prison.
Being accused of computer crimes, such as online child pornography, or actual sexual abuse is a harrowing experience. There are defenses available to such allegations, however. An experienced Spokane criminal defense attorney can help a defendant relate his or her story in federal court or during negotiations. Skilled counsel can also aid a defendant in understanding the various charges they face and their options for pursuing lesser or dropped charges, favorable plea deals or more lenient sentencing outcomes.
Source: KXLY, "Spokane attorney facing federal child porn charges," Melissa Luck, April 9, 2015