When two people emerge from a closed environment and one alleges a crime was committed therein, proof can sometimes be elusive. When the allegation is sexual assault, however, the accusation alone can make life difficult for the other person. A situation like this recently led to the arrest of a Toronto man.
Toronto Police officers arrested a 37-year-old photographer on Dec. 3, 2016 after a woman claimed the man assaulted her in her home. The assault is alleged to have taken place on Oct. 17 in the neighbourhood of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Spadina Avenue. According to a police news release, the man had arranged a photography session with the 21-year-old woman.
At some point during the course of the shoot, the woman alleges the man sexually assaulted her. The man now faces one charge of sexual assault. Police are still looking for more information about the incident, and the charge has yet to be proven in a court of law.
Even if the man is found innocent of the charge, his professional reputation may be damaged by the mere allegation of a crime. He-said-she-said situations like this can be very difficult to either prove or disprove, depending on the existence of any physical evidence of wrong-doing. Still, perhaps the best thing a man or woman accused of sexual assault can do is to enlist the aid of an experienced criminal defence lawyer. A Toronto lawyer familiar with cases of this nature may be of great assistance in the quest to clear his or her name.
Source: InsideToronto.com, “Toronto man charged with sexual assault following photo shoot“, Dec. 4, 2016