Indecent Act With Child Under 16 x 2 – Charges Withdrawn

This is a case study on an offence of Indecent Act with Child Under 16 resulting in the charge being withdrawn.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client was a young boy with no prior Court appearances. He was charged with sexually assaulting two young males. The offending occurred when the three boys were sharing a bedroom.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne Children’s Court for the charge of Indecent Act with Child Under 16.

The police advised that they would be willing to take the unusual course of withdrawing the charges against the accused if he underwent counselling. The Magistrate agreed with this course.

The client attended counselling over a 9 month period, which involved his parents. The counselling culminated in an apology by the client to his victim as well as an acknowledgement of his wrong-doing and a full acceptance of responsibility for his actions.

What was the result?
Following the successful completion of his counselling, the police withdrew the charges.
DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013