A Lehigh Valley high school teacher and coach has been arrested following allegations of sexual assault. Police say he gave his juvenile victim alcohol and cocaine at meetups in parking lots and hotels. The teacher, who also served as the school's volleyball coach, has been charged with sexual assault by a sports official, corruption of minors, and institutional sexual assault. Investigators report that he met his victim when she was a freshman on his volleyball team. The man has been placed on administrative leave.
The Professional Impact
While the investigation into this case is still ongoing, the coach's fate may already be sealed. Accusations like these can seriously impact an educator's ability to maintain their professional license and find other opportunities in education. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the man's name will forever be attached to these allegations. Future employers who perform a quick background check or web search will undoubtedly read about the crimes of which he has been accused.
Facing Allegations of Sexual Assault
If you're facing similar allegations, it's important to recognize how significant an impact they can have on your life. Underestimate the legal ramifications on the line and you may pay stiff consequences. Most people have some degree of denial about how much trouble they're actually facing. As a result, they often fail to do the things they must to protect themselves. By doing nothing in the face of these kinds of allegations, you risk criminal charges or juvenile court actions being filed against you. By reacting quickly, you can minimize the impact such allegations might have on your life.
As soon as you suspect an investigation is taking place, it's important to protect yourself. While it's normal to assume that if you didn't do it, you'll be found innocent. It's understandable to want to tell your “side of the story” and assume you'll be able to clear things up. Unfortunately, defending against these kinds of allegations is rarely that easy. Without the help of an experienced attorney, you may actually do more harm than good for your own defense.
Take Action to Protect Your Name
No matter how far-fetched allegations might seem, never speak to authorities without legal representation. As soon as you learn of a potential investigation, start documenting your experiences and interactions with the people involved. Write down as many details as you can remember, including dates and locations. Don't let these notes fall into anyone else's hands.
An experienced attorney can guide you through this process and offer the kind of advocacy you need to protect yourself. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team know how to build a strong defense and keep your professional license valid. Allow us to help you protect your future and your rights. Call us now at 888.535.3686.
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