In some cases, not telling your sexual partner that you have an STD can
be considered a crime. Some states regard this offense as an assault with
a deadly weapon, especially if the victim is
raped or even seduced. In many cases, a man or woman with a sexually transmitted
disease is responsible to disclose this information to anyone who wants
to be intimate with him or her. To withhold information about an STD could
be significantly damaging for a partner.
Recently, a man in Belle Glade, Florida was arrested after a sexual partner
reported that he had not informed her that he was HIV positive. The 25-year-old
had oral sex with a 16-year-old girl, which constitutes as
unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He is being held in Palm Beach County Jail on a $50,000 bail, and will
face prosecution for his crime. Essentially, the suspect is being punished
for his decision to have sex with an underage girl, but may not have been
charged had she not realized that she was at risk of obtaining HIV.
In a lot of situations, it is difficult to prove that
sex crimes actually happened. Sexual incidences are private, and unless an offender
made a tape or investigators can find other physical evidence at the scene
of the crime, the cases are often all based on testimony. An angry man
or woman could lie about sexual crimes, in order to convict a person that
they were hoping to get revenge on. If you have been charged with a sex
crime, or with withholding information, then talk to a Fort Lauderdale
criminal defense lawyer today for more information. At Parks & Braxton,
we want to help you recieve the representation you deserve in court!