Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Spike in Military Sex Crime Prosecutions


The increasing number of sex crimes being reported in the military has led to a corresponding increase in the number of prosecutions targeting such crimes. 
According to new data released by the Marine Corps and Navy, suspected sex crimes accounted for a significant portion of the major court martials that were conducted by the Marines during the first half of this year.
According to the data, during the first six months of 2013, there were 290 major court-martials, and out of these, as many as 29% or 63 of the cases involved suspected sex crimes.  In fact according to the data, the ratio of sex crime cases is even higher in the category of the most serious court-martials involving local Marines.
For instance, out of the 33 general court-martials that were conducted at West Coast Marine Installations, as many as 54% or 21 were related to sex crimes.  Out of these, seven cases involved sex crimes against children.  These crimes included child pornography possession and indecent contact. 
Sex crimes against children are some of the most serious crimes that any person could be charged with, and penalties can include lifelong registration on a sex offender registry.  Penalties can also include long-term restrictions on where the sex offender can live, and a requirement that he make any change in his address known to local police.
California sex crime lawyers know that the military is under tremendous pressure to investigate sex crimes more thoroughly, especially after a number of high-profile sex crimes in the military that have been reported in the media.  The military commitment to Congress that it will stringently prosecute sex crime cases is no doubt responsible for the spike in prosecutions.