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Man guilty of sex crimes sentenced to 50 years in prison

As Myrtle Beach readers may know, very few criminal charges carry the stigma that attaches to sex crimes. Even allegations of a sex crime in South Carolina can have a devastating effect on a person's life. Furthermore, if convicted, a person's reputation in the community can be diminished and accusations of a sex crime can affect a person's professional and personal life.

Furthermore, sex crime charges are usually subject to aggressive prosecution, where it is hard for the accused to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. A person found guilty of a sex crime faces serious penalties, including identification on the sex offender registry.

One South Carolina man was recently sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to various sex crimes. The man used to be a teacher and also coached sporting events and worked with children at churches and camps.

According to police, the man allegedly sexually abused a series of children for close to a decade at his various places of employment. The man was charged with 22 different counts, including committing a lewd act on a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor, criminal sexual conduct and dissemination of obscene material. He pled guilty and was sentenced on June 13.

This 32-year-old man will not be eligible for parole until he is at least 74 years old. If he is even granted parole, like many that have been convicted of a sex crime, the man will still not be totally free. He will most likely have to register on a sex offender list. These registries can severely limit a person's ability to live, work and socialize in a community.

Individuals accused of sex crimes should be aware that steps can be taken to minimize or avoid these serious penalties.

Source: The Sun News, "Former teacher, coach gets 50 years for SC abuse," Bruce Smith, June 13, 2012.

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