As Lindsey McPherson reports for the Baltimore Sun, in late June a Maryland
appeals court upheld the conviction of a male teacher accused of sending
love letters to an 8-year-old student.
Though McPherson’s report does not mention the type of charges, it’s
likely that they involved either
third or fourth-degree sex offenses.
The ruling affirms the precedent that someone can be convicted of sexual
abuse of a minor despite no evidence of actual physical contact. In other
words, the teacher remains behind bars based on the letters alone.
“Sexual acts are not only limited to physical acts,” said the
judge, as McPherson reports. “The totality of these letters, the
hugging and the hand holding were exploitative.”
As this case illustrates, there is no such thing as a minor sex crime in Maryland.
The teacher may have believed that he loved the girl, as expressed in his
letters – “I am sad because I really love you and I am not
supposed to” – but the judge did not agree with his claim
that the letters were non-sexual in nature.
If you are facing sex crimes charges, don’t risk your future, contact a
sex crimes attorney in MD to protect your legal rights.