Have you ever been accused of something that wasn’t true, but it ruined your life?
Have you ever had to start your life over because your community believes you did something you didn’t do?
Criminal sexual conduct or CSC accusations, especially like those leveled against Raymond Polzin in 2005, tend to take on a life of their own.
In this internet, post #metoo era, we often see men who are assumed to be guilty in the public court and whose lives are ruined before they have any chance to prove their innocence.
In some situations, that seems to be precisely the goal.
Do victims ever lie? Do they ever get the facts wrong?
Common sense would tell us that, statistically, they would. However, we are encouraged to “believe victims,” even in a case where nothing can indeed be proved.
For Polzin, it came down to one jury deciding his testimony sounded more sincere. However, his life has already been disrupted.
He Said, She Said: Accused of Sexually Touching a Minor
In 2005, Raymond Polzin was accused of sexually touching a 14-year-old relative over her clothes in Muskegon County, Michigan.
According to a news story, “Polzin initially was charged in April 2005 with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge was later amended to attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a misdemeanor, at a time when the alleged victim was hesitant to testify.”
But get this: The CSC charge against him was dropped when he refused to enter a plea, saying he was not guilty.
Polzin tried to move on with his life. He found he couldn’t get any work as a substitute teacher in Muskegon after the allegations. His community believed he was guilty.
Polzin moved to Nevada. Then, a warrant was issued for his arrest for second-degree CSC after he moved.
The state of Michigan didn’t do anything to find him for 12 years.
Furthermore, Polzin was unaware of the warrant. He was only extradited in 2017 and, after a long battle, including an appeal, was found not guilty in November 2019.
The victim has testified that she and Polzin both fell asleep during a movie, and when she woke up, he was touching her genital and breast areas over her clothes.
The detail about her breasts had not been included in the initial complaint, which was one detail that may have led jurors to disbelieve her testimony.
Polzin’s defense was that he touched her by accident in his sleep and that it had no sexual purpose.
What to Do If It Happens to You
Victims have many different reasons for falsely accusing men of criminal sexual conduct: most often it is for leverage over someone else.
One has to wonder, reading this news story if prosecutors were motivated by the #metoo movement to do their job and extradite Raymond Polzin.
Did they know they had a weak case?
If you have been accused of a sexual crime, we know there are two sides to every story.
With that being said, Raymond Polzin did the right thing. He got a defense attorney, and he let his battle happen in court. That is precisely what you should do if you find yourself in this situation.
You may want to explain or justify yourself to the police or the public, however, you should exercise your right to remain silent.
If you are or your loved one is facing this nightmare, don’t go it alone. Call my office today for a free consultation over the phone. I will hear your side of the story. We will decide together how to proceed from there. I will work diligently to get you the best outcome possible.