The criminal justice system affords defendants several rights when they are facing criminal charges. Innocent until proven guilty is one such right, which although many may feel is unnecessary in certain cases, is essential in ensuring that the process works correctly. In one case, a Connecticut man was arrested on a sexual assault charge where he is alleged to have attempted to flee from police officers. However, despite the evidence police claim to have, there is a long ways to go before this charge turns into a conviction.
Police responded to the scene of an alleged sexual assault and spoke with the victim who claimed she was held at knifepoint and forced to commit a sexual act. While police were searching the area, they found a 28-year-old man and attempted to take him into custody. The man was able to initially elude police until they located him hiding in a dumpster.
The man was taken into custody and now faces kidnapping and sexual assault charges. He is being held in jail for lack of $250,000 bond. It is unclear at this time when the man will next appear in court.
Although it may be easy to assume that a fleeing defendant is admitting guilt for a crime, Connecticut police have failed to release what evidence they have that links this man to the sexual assault. There is no evidence that positively identifies the man as the assailant. It is also unclear what time elapsed between the initial response from police and the time they located the defendant. If these issues are not addressed with adequate evidence, doubt as to the defendant's culpability may be brought into question.
Source: ctpost.com, "Police arrest sex assault suspect," Denis J. O'Malley, July 23, 2013