There are many possible defenses to a child molestation charge. One of the most common is attacking an accuser’s credibility. This may mean subpoenaing the child’s medical, counseling, or school records, as well as his or her emails and social network accounts. It may mean interviewing the people he or she talks to. The goal is to find a bias and motive to harm you or a child’s history of being untruthful or making false accusations.
Another potential defense is that the touching was accidental. For example, tickling can sometimes lead to accidental touching, and since molestation requires that the touching be “willful,” accidental touching is not sufficient to rise to the level of molestation. Another defense is that you had no intent to arouse the child. For example, if you had to touch the child to deal with a medical issue, there was no molestation. [Read more…]