Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 16, Indecent Assault

This is a case study on a charge of Sexual Penetration of Child Under 16 Years Old resulting in an acquittal.

What is alleged to have occured?
The accused who was 19 years old went to a party where he met a young woman. After a while they both went into a room and had sex. They exchanged phone numbers and then the accused left. The alleged victim had sex with a number of other boys on that evening.

What happened at court?
The client and the other boys were all put on trial together on a charge of sexual penetration of child under 16 years old. There were two trials as in the first one the jury had to be discharged.

Bill Doogue represented our client at the Melbourne County Court.

What was the result?
The accused had made it clear in his interview that she had consented and that she had told him that she was over 16 years old. There was evidence surrounding the events that indicated that his version was truthful. He was acquitted of all the charges that he was facing.

Bill DoogueBill Doogue

Bill has been an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist for over 17 years and a criminal defence lawyer for over 25 years.

Bill specialises in defending corporate crime cases and defending serious sexual offences charges. Bill has expertly and successfully defended high profile, high-pressure cases and is highly respected by the Courts, police and his peers. Bill runs the Melbourne office and enjoys his involvement in advising on the higher level strategy that should be used to defend cases.

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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