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Acquittal obtained on Delaware County felony charges

Posted on November 5th, 2012

The Ciccarelli Legal Team was successful in earning an acquittal for our client in a Delaware County jury trial this week.  The jury trial begin in the Media Pennsylvania Courthouse and our client was facing seven charges including felony charges of Institutional Sexual Assault, Corruption of Minors charges and a charge of Unlawful Contact with Minor.  Insightful strategy and questioning served to undermine the many inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story and ultimately led to the testimony be stricken.

The questioning put into question the credibility of the witness and exposed the unlikelihood of the events transpiring based on the limited actual contact the two could have possibly had in the controlled setting of the institution.

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3124.2. Institutional sexual assault

(a) General rule.– Except as provided in sections 3121 (relating to rape), 3122.1 (relating to statutory sexual assault), 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault) and 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault), a person who is an employee or agent of the Department of Corrections or a county correctional authority, youth development center, youth forestry camp, State or county juvenile detention facility, other licensed residential facility serving children and youth, or mental health or mental retardation facility or institution commits a felony of the third degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with an inmate, detainee, patient or resident.

(b) Definition.–As used in this section, the term “agent” means a person who is assigned to work in a State or county correctional or juvenile detention facility, a youth development center, youth forestry camp, other licensed residential facility serving children and youth, or mental health or mental retardation facility or institution who is employed by any State or county agency or any person employed by an entity providing contract services to the agency.

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