July 30, 2012
Whittel & Melton 1-866-608-5LAW (5529) – Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys
A 68-year-old Miami man who confessed to filming himself sexually assaulting two Dania Beach children was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday.
He allegedly met the boy and girl while sponsoring their mother at Alcoholics Anonymous.
Investigators were lead to the man after downloads of child pornography were apparently linked back to his home. After searching the home, police allegedly discovered videotapes of the encounters with the children, who police believe were drugged at the time.
The alleged assaults took place between January 2004 and November 17, 2006 when the boy was aged 7 to 9 and the girl was aged 4 to 6.
Investigators claim they also found more than 175 images and videos of child porn that the man had apparently downloaded from the Internet.
The children’s mother died in November 2006 in what Broward Sheriff’s Detectives described as an accidental self-inflicted drug overdose.
The boy, now 14, and girl, now 12, were not present in court.
The man has helped many people in AA during his 20 years of sobriety. He told a judge in federal court that he suffered from a sex addiction.
After you are charged with child sexual assault, the investigation can take months. Investigators will work aggressively to find any pieces of evidence that can be used against you to present at court. This process can be extremely overwhelming for all parties involved. When there is overpowering evidence, a judge will usually take into account certain factors when it comes time for sentencing, which is why it is necessary to have a Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer on your side.
The Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can gather evidence on your behalf. We work with experts, such as psychologists and other professionals that are pertinent to creating a strong defense for your unique situation. It is important to document if you have any history of abuse, mental illness or addiction, as these factors can benefit the outcome of your case. Generally, a past exhibiting signs of abuse or illness is not enough to have the charges dropped, but it could minimize the potential penalties associated with a conviction, especially if you have a clean criminal record and no previous sex crimes charges.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a child sex crime anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).