On June 5, 2014, the Boston Herald reported Heather Salines of Saugus Massachusetts was arraigned in Salem Superior Court on a series of charges including aggravated child rape.
According to the Herald article, Ms. Salines is 38 years of age. She is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year old boy. The article suggests Ms. Salines may have made incriminating statements to the police.
Statutory Rape is a serious offense. In Massachusetts, if convicted, a defendant can be sentenced to state prison for any term of years up to life. There is also a statute that assesses certain penalties for aggravating factors. One such aggravating factor is present if there is greater than 10 years difference in age between the defendant and the alleged victim. If proven beyond a reasonable doubt, the age difference triggers a 10 year mandatory minimum state prison sentence.
An experienced Massachusetts Rape Defense Attorney will analyze the circumstances under which the statements were made to the police. Were the statements made under “custodial” circumstances? Was Ms. Salines afforded a Miranda warning? Was the statement recorded? What was her physical location when the statements were allegedly made? These are just a few questions that should be answered before moving to suppress the statements.
MASSACHUSETTS RAPE DEFENSE LAWYER
Boston, MA Rape Defense Attorney Jeff Miller has represented individuals charged with sex crimes. CLICK HERE to read about sex cases defended by Attorney Miller. If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff Miller to schedule an appointment at 617-482-5799.