People should not be forced to have sex against their will. When a person tries to get someone to engage in sexual activity without their consent, it is called rape and it comes with harsh penalties. Even attempted rape is a serious crime.
A Maryland man knows this to be true after he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to rape a woman. The incident happened on September 8, 2020 when the 29-year-old man hired a woman to clean his house. When the woman arrived at the man’s home, located on Valley Hill Drive in Randallstown, the man told her he could not pay her.
The woman tried to leave, but the man sexually assaulted her and tried to rape her. She escaped and reported the attack to authorities.
The man recently faced sentencing for the sex crimes. Prosecutors took into consideration the man’s criminal history, which includes a robbery in 2012 and an assault from 2016. After the robbery, he was sentenced to nine months in jail. After being convicted of the assault, he spent 3.5 years in jail and was placed on probation.
Based on the man’s criminal history, the judge gave the man an enhanced sentence of 25 years. He will not be eligible for parole.
A person should not be forced to have sex without their consent. This type of sexual violence is prevalent in our society and anyone of any age can be a victim. Men, women, boys, and girls can all be victims. Perpetrators are not always strangers. In many cases, they are actually people that the victim knows, such as romantic partners, family members, friends, or acquaintances. They may be neighbors, teachers, coaches, pastors, and other people that the victim trusts.
Attempted rape has a broad definition that includes many nonconcensual sexual behaviors, such as kissing, touching, and sex (oral, anal, or vaginal), and these general terms are used interchangeably throughout this chapter. The term rape refers specifically to a completed nonconsensual sex act in which the perpetrator penetrates the victim’s vagina, anus, or mouth with a penis, hand, finger, or other object.
Sex requires consent, which must involve actual words or actions indicating agreement to engage in sexual activity. If the consent is pressured or forced in any way, the individual did not truly give consent. Also, a person cannot legally give consent if they are a minor, intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, or have a physical or mental disability.
Sex crimes are not taken lightly in Maryland. Even attempted rape, such as this case, can lead to a lengthy prison sentence.
If you have been accused of rape or other sex crimes, seek legal help right away. A Columbia sex crimes lawyer from The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can serve as your legal advocate and help you get a favorable outcome. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.
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