Criminal Charges NOT Filed Success Stories
Penn State student accused of rape after meeting the accuser at a party where alcohol was consumed by all. The accuser walked back with the client to his dorm room, where the two engaged in sexual activity alone at first, and then with another male acquaintance. The accuser left and returned to her dorm room. Approximately 13 hours later, the accuser went to the hospital and claimed she had been forcibly raped by the client his friend. A rape kit was performed gathering DNA evidence.The police then executed a search warrant on the client’s room seizing his phone, computer, sheets, blankets, and clothes. In addition to the search warrant, Penn State issued an interim suspension and forced the client to immediately vacate his dorm.
At this point the client retained criminal defense lawyer Steven P. Trialonas, who immediately took action as the allegations involved serious crimes including 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3122 Rape, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3123 Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3125 Aggravated Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3124.1 Sexual Assault, and 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3126 Indecent Assault.
Attorney Trialonas met with the lead detective on the case and presented evidence contrary to the allegations from the accuser. Attorney Trialonas directly contradicted the woman’s account of the evening, favoring consensual sex rather than forcible rape. Next, defense attorney Trialonas met with Penn State Office of Student Conduct regarding the interim suspension. Within days, the interim suspension was lifted but the housing restriction remained, forcing the client to live off campus. Just about a week later, the housing restriction was lifted and the client was permitted to reside in the dorms once again. Shortly after that, all property confiscated by the police was returned to the client.
Penn State student spent the night drinking with friends, including his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s roommate. After a long night out at the bars, the group returned to the girlfriend’s apartment. The girlfriend almost immediately passed out, and the client had sexual relations with her roommate while the girlfriend was sleeping in the same room. Afterwards, the client returned to his girlfriend’s bed and went to sleep. All three woke up, had breakfast, and the client left. Shortly after leaving, the roommate told the girlfriend what had happened, but claimed it was not consensual. The police are contacted and the client is now under investigation for Aggravated Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3124.1 Sexual Assault, and 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3126 Indecent Assault.Criminal lawyer Steven Trialonas gathered all relevant information, established a timeline and verified the events of the fateful night. Once that was complete, attorney Trialonas met with the investigating detective to present all of the contradicting evidence gathered during the defense investigation. Ultimately, criminal charges were never filed against the client.
A Penn State graduate student was accused by three separate women, including two fellow Penn State students, of raping them over the course of the past few years. The client knew all three women and had consensual sexual relationships with all three of them, even living with one of them for a brief period of time. The client was contacted by a Detective and asked to come down to the station. The client’s best decision was to reach out to experienced criminal defense lawyer Steven P. Trialonas immediately, who quickly realized these allegations would include numerous counts of serious crimes including 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3122 Rape, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3123 Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3125 Aggravated Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3124.1 Sexual Assault, and 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3126 Indecent Assault, all of which would require registering as a sex offender if found guilty.Defense attorney Trialonas met with the client and immediately got to work, learning that all three women were involved in the local BDSM community and often partook in rough sex. All email, text messages, photographs, and social media pages regarding the three women were gathered and reviewed. It quickly became evident that these three women not only enjoyed but requested “scenes” where they would pretend they did not consent to sexual acts but it was all just role-play. Defense attorney Trialonas put all of the information into a packet and submitted it to the lead detective and assistant district attorney handling the investigation.
Faced with a mountain of evidence directly contradicting the statements of three women accusing the client of rape, no criminal charges were filed against the client.