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New York police officers quit force atfer rape charges

The New York Police Department has two fewer officers in its ranks. The officers, who are facing charges of the recent alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman, quit their jobs days before an internal trial that usually takes place and the completion of criminal proceedings. The New York department broke with precedent in this instance, choosing to hold an internal trial beforehand. 

Jury selection starts for rape trial of Nicki Minaj's brother

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.

New York man arrested on sex crime allegations

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. 

New York Uber driver faces rape charges

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.

Understanding what qualifies as a lack of consent

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.

Prosecutors: The Internet can be used as a physical weapon

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.

New York's Sex Offender Registry and Levels of Offense

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.

What does the law say about teen sexting?

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?

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