Former Arizona Fire Captain Charged With Sexual Conduct with a Minor
When you hear about a sex crime, what is your first thought? If you are like most people, they have probably already formed a judgment in your head about their guilt. The media tends to dramatize alleged incidents like this by plastering a person’s mugshot, a list of their charges, and a statement similar to, “If convicted of all of these charges, this person could spend up to 110 years in prison.”
That is what usually happens, despite our system of people being innocent until proven otherwise. Sex crimes are vilified like no other crime in this country. For good reason, people guilty of these crimes are punished, but what happens before they have their day in court is a problem, especially if the person accused did not really commit the crime in question.
Today, we want to talk about a recent case that has made the news to highlight what we are talking about. If you or someone you love has been charged with a sex crime, you need to seek immediate help from an Arizona criminal defense attorney.
What Happened In This Case?
We are learning that a Queen Creek resident, and former fire captain, has been accused of sex crimes against a minor. Michael Palmatier, 48, was formally charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, indecent exposure, and kidnapping.
A police report says that the alleged victim was an 8-year-old girl and the incident is said to have happened at a party. The girl told police that Palmatier took her pants and underwear off and licked her body. The report says that the girl claimed that he also exposed his genitals to her.
When later confronted about the alleged incident, the report says Palmatier appeared intoxicated. Witnesses at the party say that they saw him leave the party and that his quick departure was not typical behavior for him.
This is going to be a very tough case for Palmatier because he allegedly admitted most of the story to police when they questioned him and before ever speaking with an attorney. The police report says that Palmatier “admitted the entire thing was wrong but he would never knowingly do anything sexually to a juvenile.”
What Could Happen?
Palmatier, if found guilty of the serious charges against him, could spend years in prison. He could also face a long probation period upon release, lifetime registry requirements for the sex offender registry, and possible lifetime monitoring on a GPS unit.
In these cases, the defense must start immediately and before the accused person speaks to the police. In this case, acquaintances say that Palmatier has a problem with drugs and alcohol. A defense attorney could use this information in his defense.
What You Need To Do Now
If you or a loved one have been charged with a sex crime in Arizona, please seek assistance from a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. As you saw from the story above, you know that anyone facing these charges is facing an uphill battle. An attorney can help you if you are facing any of the following Arizona sex crimes:
- Child Molestation
- Sexual Conduct with Minor
- Internet Child Pornography
- Cyber Crimes
- Sexual Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Sex Abuse
- Sexual Misconduct
- Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC)
Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the charges against you and work to build a strong defense based on your past history and reputation. The ultimate goal is to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Do not let your fate rest with an overworked defense attorney.
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