A teacher’s aide and substitute teacher at Bush Hill Elementary School has been charged after allegedly soliciting sex from a minor. Monis Irfan, 21, was charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor, one count of attempted human trafficking, and one count of attempted forcible sodomy. According to the police, Irfan allegedly offered police on a social networking site sexually explicit images of children in exchange for meeting a minor in person for sex. The detectives involved arrested Irfan at the meeting and learned afterwards that he worked at the Fairfax Public Schools. Irfan is currently being held without bond and has been suspended from his position at the school system.
Virginia Sex Crimes
In Virginia, sex crimes involving children are taken particularly seriously by the courts, and citizens convicted of sex crimes with children face a lifetime of punishment. Solicitation of a minor involves allegedly engaging in online communication where the person accused asks the minor to meet and perform sexual acts. The act itself does not actually have to take place – merely communicating with a minor in a certain way is enough to be charged with this crime.
The state also passed human trafficking laws in 2015 which define the act, set penalties, and make child sex trafficking a Class 3 felony offense without the need for the prosecution to prove force, intimidation, or deception on the part of the accused. Forcible sex offenses in Virginia, such as forcible sodomy, can actually occur without force in certain situations, such as when a youth is the potential victim. For all of these sex crimes in Virginia, it is much easier for a prosecutor to charge potential citizens with these offenses, which is why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side if you are charged with a sex crime in the Fairfax area.
Penalties for Sex Crime Conviction
The penalties for sex crime convictions in Virginia are severe and long lasting. Depending on the nature of the offense, a person convicted of a sex crime in Virginia can spend the rest of their life in prison. In addition, many sex crimes require that the person convicted must register as a sex offender for life. This can have a significant effect on your employment, housing, family, friends, reputation, and more. It restricts where you can live, where you can go, what jobs you can apply for, and it will show up on every background check for the rest of your life. Your personal and professional reputation will be ruined, and in many cases it causes the family to fall apart. Don’t let this happen to you if you are charged with this type of crime and call us today.
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If you have been charged with a sex crime in the Fairfax area, do not hesitate to call or contact Whitestone Young today to speak with one of our experienced Virginia criminal defense attorneys now.