Sex offenders often use their occupation as a way of contacting vulnerable children. Church workers, school employees and others who work with children in situations where the adult occupies a position of power vis-à-vis the child. In a recent case from Polk County, the theme received a significant variation. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a 38-year-old construction worker has been charged with various sex crimes involving an 11-year-old girl.
According to police, the defendant met the girl while he was remodeling a house. The girl was on the site for reasons that have not been explained. The defendant allegedly “made out” with the girl and had sexually explicit conversations with her. He sent her adult pornography and encouraged her to send him nude pictures of herself. The girl’s guardians allegedly became suspicious after they found more than 450 pornographic pictures of the girl on her cell phone which she had sent to the defendant. The suspect was arrested and charged with directing the sexual performance of a child, transmission of material harmful to a minor and use of two-way communication device to commit felony.
This case has many questions. Why was the young girl left alone with the defendant? Why was she in the house while construction was occurring? Where are her parents? The answers to these questions may provide the basis for a successful defense.
Anyone facing similar charges where so many critical questions are unanswered may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and law that govern the case and identify potential defenses. A capable defense attorney can also negotiate a favorable plea agreement if the circumstances warrant such an approach.