Stephen P. Bold was arrested by the Mashpee police on Wednesday on charges of rape and indecent assault and battery. The police did not provide specifics about the allegations but we know it's related to a female who is not a member of his family.
The charges of rape and indecent assault and battery are not alleged to have happened while he was on duty as a firefighter but rather at some point while off duty. Bold has been honored for his work as a paramedic and firefighter, is been part of the force for over 20 years.
It is expected that he will fight these charges which could have a grave effect on his ability to remain as a custodial parent his two children both under the age of 10. If convicted not only his incarceration a fear in these types of cases but when convicted of criminal sexual conduct it may affect custody rights of minor children.
Frank Fernandez is a defense attorney serving Cape Cod and all of Massachusetts. When charged with a sexual crime is important to getting an experienced defense attorney involved as quickly as possible. The majority of these cases are swearing contests between the defendant and the alleged victim; it is important for a defense lawyer to become involved quickly to preserve whatever evidence may be valuable.
Rape can be charged in many different forms, there is aggravated rape which involves force causing physical harm or a victim who is placed in a special category such as being pregnant. Indecent assault and battery is the unwanted touching of another's private sexual areas which are the breasts, vagina, penis or buttocks. Conviction for either rape or indecent assault and battery besides potential incarceration would require registration with the sex offense registration board or SORB. SORB classifies sex offenders and requires that an offender be placed on a list which may be viewable by the public for those classified as more serious sex offenders. Classification as a sex offender can be challenged through a hearing to determine the appropriate sex offender level. It is important to have an experienced criminal lawyer represent you in front of the sexual offender registration board.
If you've been charged or being investigated for a criminal sexual offense, call Frank Fernandez criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation regarding your case.