My question involves criminal law for the state of: Calif
A close friend who has been a counselor for more than 30 years,
never had an allegation of any kind ever made against him has
been arrested with a 16 yr old claiming he performed oral sex.
The mother has been receiving counseling as well, and is said
to be behind the daughter's accusations. The couselor is 74
years old, and devoted his life to helping people, even when
they couldn't pay. He even works with the police dept. is an
upstanding citizen, and is always professional with all his
clients. There is no hospital visit to collect any evidence
after the alleged molestation.(That would have been the
first place I would have gone if this had actually happened.)
My question is, there isn't any evidence except it's her word
against his, will the judge take into account his clean record
of 30+ years, and would he get jail time if found guilty,
considering his age ?
We dated for 2 years 20 years ago, and became best friends.
During our dating I was having problems with my then 12 yr old
son, and the counselor wouldn't counsel me, he said he could
loose his license, but did give me resources to get help else
I know this person, and he would never jeopardize everything
he's worked so hard for, his practice, home, doctorate, etc.
and would never touch any client, regardless of age. He's
always been very professional, nothing less.
I've heard in cases like this they usually take the defendants
word over the accused, is this true ? I can't believe our judicial
system would be so one sided, to be able to destroy a person's
entire life, based merly on a person's word, and who is receiving
He's willing to take a polygraph although it can't be used in
Also, if found innocent, does he have any recourse to recover
the cost they have caused this person ?