Kids tend to trust teachers and coaches, as they are adults put in leadership positions. However, these adults sometimes use their position to take advantage of children. In some cases, these children are sexually assaulted by adults they know and trust.
This was the case in Maryland, and a wrestling coach is now on the run in Maryland for sexual assault. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate and arrest the 36-year-old man from Waldorf, who failed to appear in court for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.
A child claimed that the junior varsity wrestling coach inappropriately touched her on several occasions while in Charles and Calvert counties. In August, the man pled guilty to a third-degree sex offense involving a minor in Calvert County.
Those who see the man are encouraged to contact police. He is 6’1″ and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair with two tattoos: one of a panther on his back and another of an angel on his chest.
Inappropriate touching of children is often categorized as good touches and bad touches. Good touches are ones that show someone they care and may include hugging or holding hands. If the child is a baby, appropriate touching would also entail changing a diaper.
Bad touching, on the other hand, is anything that makes the child feel uncomfortable. It could involve hitting or kicking. It could also involve anything sexual in nature, such as touching a child’s genitals, breasts, or buttocks. If someone puts their hand under a child’s shirt or in their pants, that is considered inappropriate. Rubbing a child’s thighs or forcing them to sit on someone’s lap are also examples of bad touching.
Keep in mind that inappropriate touching does not have to involve sexual intercourse. It may involve the actions listed above as well as any other type of touching that is uncomfortable or sexual in nature.
In addition, child pornography can be considered child sexual abuse. The child does not have to be engaged in sexual acts in order for it to be considered abuse. If a child is shown pornographic images or is forced to take photos of children in sexually explicit situations, that would be considered abuse as well.
If a child has been sexually abused, they may keep it a secret, especially if they were touched inappropriately by a teacher, coach, church leader, or any other adult they know and respect. They do so because they feel guilty or threatened. They may even be confused if the situation is in fact sexual abuse.
Sexual assault and other sex crimes are punished harshly in Maryland. A person convicted of such a crime can face serious penalties, including prison time.
Even an accusation is no laughing matter. Get legal help from the Columbia sex crimes lawyers at The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We can help you achieve the best possible outcome. To schedule a consultation with our office, call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form. We have two offices to serve you.
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