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New York assault: Man faces charges for claimed Halloween rape

With today's social media networks, stories can often be printed or shared before all of the facts are known. Obviously, assault charges are very serious in nature, but at times, the public may be challenged to make an unbiased decision because of what has already been printed or shared. An ongoing story in New York is still making headlines after a man is facing charges stemming from a purported sexual assault.

The incident occurred after a 24-year-old man allegedly followed a 23-year-old woman off of the bus. At approximately 4 a.m., the man was said to have pushed the woman into bushes where he then reportedly sexually assaulted her. He has since been arrested and is facing charges of attempted rape.

The woman's roommate stated that the woman noticed the man following her and began to run, but he was able to catch her. The man allegedly punched her before the claimed sexual assault took place. A man who lives nearby called authorities and yelled that he had called 911 before the assailant is said to have removed himself from the woman and took off.

Clearly, these are serious charges and won't be taken lightly. When an individual is facing such serious charges in New York, it can be important to understand the relevant laws and their applications to the facts alleged by prosecutors. A criminal conviction on these charges would surely have life-altering consequences for the accused man. Nevertheless, there is an important distinction between accusations of criminal conduct and a formal conviction achieved in court. Before a conviction for a sexual assault can occur, prosecutors have a heavy burden of proof, in accordance with the exacting standards of the criminal justice system.

Source: NBC News, Queens Man, 24, Arrested in Halloween Sex Assault of College Student: NYPD, No author, Nov. 21, 2013

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