A Windermere man was found guilty Tuesday of raping a woman he was accused of drugging and taking pictures of.
The man was found guilty after just a two-day trial. Jurors deliberated for several hours Tuesday before finding him guilty of attempted sexual battery and sexual battery.
The investigation into the man began in 2014, but two years before that, Windermere Police began investigating a case that involved more than 100 videos of drugged women, some taken as far back as 2006.
In January 2016, a woman reported to police that she thought she may have been the victim of a rape. While meeting with investigators, she saw two videos that showed her unconscious body being sexually assaulted. She told them she used to work for the man and would socialize with him and his friends.
The man did not take the stand in his own defense but told the judge that he was not happy with his attorneys and that he was not prepared for the trial.
The man’s sentencing is set for May 4. He faces up to 45 years in prison.
Once you have been convicted of a sex crime or any criminal offense for that matter, you do have the option to appeal your conviction. This can be a difficult process, but our Florida Criminal Appeals Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you through the appeals process.
The first phase of the criminal case is completed at sentencing.This means you have gone to trial and been convicted and sentenced or you have pled guilty and been sentenced. On both the state and federal court levels, there are different options for filing an appeal right after a criminal conviction or sentence.
In an appeal, the person convicted asserts that because of key legal mistakes that had a bearing on the jury’s opinion and/or the sentence inflicted, the case should be rejected or re-tried or re-sentenced. It is actually quite common for those convicted of a crime to appeal their convictions and/or sentencing.
If you need help with a criminal appeal, call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation. We can begin helping you immediately.