Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Assault by Parole Officers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents sexual assault victims in civil lawsuits, helping them find the justice and financial compensation they deserve. Jeff has offered to weigh in with some of his thoughts on the legal options available to people sexually assaulted by parole officers and other law enforcement officers:
Parole officers, probation officers, and other law enforcement officials work from positions of extreme authority. While most of these officials are honest and hardworking people, there are sadly also sexual predators who exploit this authority and sexually assault people under their supervision.
The victims of parole officer sexual assault have legal rights. These predators think their authority will shield them from consequences, but this is not true. Parole officers who sexually assault parolees are subject to the same criminal penalties as any other sexual predator.
Additionally, the victims may also have grounds for a lawsuit if negligence by the department is involved. For example, the Department of Corrections could be held liable if they had ignored previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the accused parole officer.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a parole officer, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.
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