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Oregon teacher faces charges of alleged sexual abuse of a minor

A sex crime accusation is one of the most damaging charges a Portland, Oregon, resident can face. Not just in terms of penalties and other possible repercussions, but because it can severely damage the accused person's reputation. It can lead to employment troubles as well, especially when the allegations of sex crimes involve a minor and the suspect is involved with children in the person's work.

A 54-year-old male teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing one of his students. The man was arrested at his residence at around 9:00 a.m. after a week-long investigation by police. According to police, the man allegedly abused a 17-year-old female student at the school between February and April of this year. Police are still trying to determine where in the school the alleged abuse occurred. The man was detained at the Washington County Jail for sexual abuse and for luring a minor, both second-degree charges.

A sex crime conviction has long-term consequences. Besides the expensive fines and the jail sentence, the person's name will be included in a sex offender registry. That means that the person will no longer have a normal life and will have to abide by the restrictions of the registry. This can make it difficult for the person to successfully live in society and to find employment.

There is also the impact of a conviction to the person's family and friends to consider.

For those reasons, it is important for a Portland resident accused of a sex crime to deal with the charges from a legal perspective. Sex crime accusations are often emotionally charged and preparing an aggressive defense centered on the facts can help offset such a situation.

Source: KATU, "Police arrest Hillsboro teacher accused of sexually abusing girl," May 2, 2014

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