By any stretch of the imagination, rape is a serious accusation. Those convicted of rape in Texas can expect a significant prison term as well as other penalties. Like any other criminal accusation, however, the charges made by prosecutors must be proved in court by an exacting measure of proof that is achieved through fair and impartial proceedings.
A recent news report recently announced the arrest of a San Antonio man for rape. The alleged attack is said to have occurred in “broad daylight,” though the specific time was not detailed. A warrant issued for the man’s arrest and asserted that the attack occurred after the man greeted a 14-year-old girl and then purportedly dragged her by her hair behind a building. It was not clear if the two individuals knew one another or if there were any witnesses to the incident.
The arrest warrant affidavit further claims that the accused man shoved the teenager’s face to the ground. Thereafter, he supposedly “continued to rape” the girl. No other details of the alleged attack were supplied, and it is not clear if any physical evidence was discovered. It is only known that the man charged with the crime was placed under arrest two days following the incident. He has been remanded to jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Without further details, it is difficult to gauge the weight of the evidence to date, other than to observe that the young man clearly faces an uphill battle. Nevertheless, Texas law demands that the government — and the government alone — prove the rape charges in court by relevant and competent evidence that is deemed to be beyond a reasonable doubt. While an accusation of a violent crime is understandably serious, this man is fully entitled to his day in court to confront witness testimony against him and challenge the admissibility of any physical evidence offered in support of the accusations.
Source: kens5.com, “San Antonio man accused of raping teen in northeast-side field,” Jenny Suniga, June 28, 2013