A strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams pleaded not guilty to sex crimes charges. Authorities arraigned the man on several counts of sexual battery earlier this month. According to the complaint, a Moorpark woman accused him of intimately touching her without permission at a private residence. He pleaded not guilty to three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. The incidents allegedly took place in June 2018.
Authorities arrested the man initially in January. He posted a $5,000 bond and authorities released him. He did not travel to New Orleans or to the Super Bowl with the Rams. The team released a statement saying that it was aware of the charges against the coach. The coach is currently on leave from the team and will remain so until the court resolves the charges.
He did not appear in court for the arraignment. His attorney entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf and indicated that he intends to fight the charges. The man will return to court on April 19 for a pretrial examination. If the case moves to trial, a conviction could result in an 18-month sentence. The court would also likely require him to register as a sex offender for life.
Moorpark sex crimes attorney
When someone accuses you of committing sexual offenses, your best move is to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes sex crimes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Even misdemeanor sexual offense convictions are serious. They can trigger a sexual offender registry requirement that can follow you for life. Sex offender status can interfere with your ability to find work and housing. It can also interfere with family relationships and diminish your status in your community.
Don’t make the assumption that you can’t fight the charges against you, and don’t assume that a plea deal is in your best interest. Instead, work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your reputation, rights and freedoms.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura sex crimes case.
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