Jury selection is set to start for the rape trial of Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj. The 38-year-old New York rapper is charged with the first-degree rape of a 12-year-old. He is also charged with first-degree sexual conduct. Maraj has pleaded not guilty. He could face life in prison if he is convicted of the highest charge.
A Staten Island native has been charged with a number of sex attacks and is facing charges in another, police say. The 27-year-old facing sex crime accusations has been formally charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, robbery and assault. New York police say the alleged attacks took place in a one-hour timeframe near the man's home.
An Uber driver is facing charges after allegedly assaulting one of his fares who had passed out. The New York resident apparently admitted to police that he did rape the unconscious passenger after he took her to his apartment in Queens. The victim, 31, who called for the ride in the early morning hours fell asleep after telling the 47-year-old driver where to drop her off, police say.
One of the more difficult aspects of dating in Kew Gardens may be interpreting the signs that your partner may be giving off indicating his or her interest in escalating the level of intimacy between to the two of you. Several of those that we here at Robert D. DiDio and Associates have worked with in the past have allowed such indicators to prompt them to initiate sexual relations with partners, yet later were told they were never given consent to do so. According to Section 130.20.3 of the New York Penal Code, such an action meets the definition of third degree rape.
Ever since it first came into widespread use, the Internet has been used by some to facilitate criminal activity. Most of these crimes are transactional in nature - such as buying drugs on the now-defunct Silk Road website or trading videos and images of child pornography. Law enforcement agencies at the state and federal levels have dedicated considerable time and resources to fighting internet crime.
You may find that the term “prohibited consensual sex activities” is not only a mouthful to say, but that it also sounds a little contradictory. How can a sex act be both consensual and prohibited?
In the United States, those who commit sex crimes, or those who find themselves on a sex offender registry, are usually persona non grata. Whether they served time or not, generally speaking, the punishment can last a lifetime.
This year, thousands of names came off of New York’s Sex Offender Registry. This was because of the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), which states that offenders who are deemed least likely to re-offend can be removed from the registry after 20 years. These are Level 1, or low-risk offenders.
One growing phenomenon that brings with it a lot of controversy and confusion is sexting, or the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone. This has become a tricky legal issue when it comes to teens. Being charged with a sex crime can radically alter someone’s life and future. One persistent question that comes up with this topic: Is consensual sexting between teens a crime?
There are dozens of crime dramas on television, as well as a significant number of movies with the same theme. Shows like "CSI" focus on using cutting-edge forensic science to convict criminals for serious crimes like murder and rape.