In 2011, a former Penn State defensive coordinator and winner of two national championships was charged with a 40-count indictment of sexually assaulting several young boys. Prior to the indictment, the man was considered a model citizen who ran a summer football camp for children and was looked up to by many.
However, Penn State's former coach is merely one of thousands of individuals facing sex crime charges in the United States. It is important for each of these individuals to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to discuss the impact a sex crime conviction might have on his or her future.
Sex Crimes in Minnesota
People convicted of a sex crime in Minnesota can face fines or prison time. They may also be ordered to attend mandatory sex crime treatment programs or register as a known sex offender. Additionally, sex crimes can impact a person's social and family life, often beyond repair. For these reasons, it is vital to begin defending yourself as early as possible, especially before speaking to authorities.
Sex Offender Registration and the Information Collected
Minnesota residents are required to register as a known sex offender if they are convicted of:
- Murder while committing or attempting criminal sexual conduct in the first or second degree with force or violence
- Felony indecent exposure
- Possessing pictorial representations of minors
- False imprisonment of a minor
- Soliciting a minor to engage in prostitution or sexual conduct
- First- through fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct
Additionally, someone entering Minnesota to reside, work or attend school is required to register if he or she was convicted of a similar crime in another state. These registration requirements include:
- Address of primary and secondary residence(s), and any property owned, leased or rented in Minnesota
- Employment address(es)
- Year, make, model, license plate and color of all vehicles owned or regularly driven
- Fingerprint card, photograph and signing certain consent forms
The effects of criminal sexual charges can persist for many years. Anyone charged with a sex crime in Minnesota should contact an experienced sex crime lawyer as soon as possible to discuss his or her rights, defense and legal options.