A 39-year-old Cross City man was fired from his job as a corrections officer at the Dixie County Jail after being charged with attempted sexual battery. According to a report by The Gainesville Sun, he was let go from his job after allegations regarding sexual advances made toward a female inmate. Officials say on July 25, 2012 a female inmate complained that the corrections officer made inappropriate sexual advances toward her.

Sexual battery is a serious crime involving a lack of consent. As defined in Florida Statute 794.011, consent is “intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission.” Sexual battery charges can result from sexual activity with a minor, from sexual interaction involving coercion, or from sex acts with someone who is detained or unable to communicate. In general, any sexual advancement that does not involve mutual consent can result in sexual battery charges.

Sexual battery is a felony that carries life-changing penalties. A conviction for sexual battery can result in years of incarceration, significant fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. It is common for individuals facing these types of allegations to lose their jobs and to have their reputation tarnished. Anyone facing such serious sex crime charges in Dixie County should exercise their right to remain silent until they have a skilled criminal defense attorney by their side.

The reputed Dixie County sexual battery attorneys at Musca Law know how to handle sexual battery charges. We fight hard to protect the rights of our clients. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a sex crime in Florida, please contact us at (888) 484-5057 for a no-cost consultation.