California man sentenced to jail for sexual abuse of a child

Posted on March 8, 2013 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Sexual Abuse on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Every day, children fall victim to sexual abuse imposed on them by family members that are charged with their safety and care. A victim of sexual abuse may pursue criminal charges against the perpetrator. However, victims may also bring a suit in a court of law for the injuries and trauma they received at the hands of their abuser.

A California man who sexually molested seven of his female relatives has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison. The victims ranged in age between 5 to ten years old. The man had plead guilty to three counts of committing lewd act on a minor by force. In addition, the man’s wife was also sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison after pleading guilty to felony child abuse. The court determined the wife was aware of the sexual assaults, but did nothing to stop them.

Sexual abuse is a very serious crime that could have long-lasting consequences. In addition to criminal charges, someone who sexually abuses another could find themselves the subject of a sexual abuse civil lawsuit. In addition to assault and battery, a victim of sexual abuse may bring a lawsuit for intentional infliction of emotional distress. To prevail in such a claim, it must be shown that the defendant intentionally engaged in extreme or outrageous that caused the victim severe emotional distress. Emotional distress may include feelings of grief, shame, embarrassment or fright.

A victim of sexual abuse may be able to recover for both bodily injury and emotional trauma. By bringing a sexual abuse civil lawsuit, victims of abuse may find some compensation and closure for the harms they suffered.

Source: Contra Costa Times, “Barstow man and wife sentenced to state prison for molestation of seven girls,” Doug Saunders, Feb. 26, 2013

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