Once any steps are taken to justify the decision that the accused is guilty, it becomes very difficult for the official to accept disconfirming evidence, and this can continue during appeals , retrials or any other effort to revisit a verdict. Concerns and Consequences The most obvious and serious concern if you are charged with a crime based on false accusations of child molestation is that you could be convicted of the crime. Criminal investigation In investigating child sex crime charges and preparing a defense, it is important to explore certain issues, including: Consent — For many sexual offenses, proving that the accuser is lying about non-consent through cross-examination is a defense for the falsely accused. Showing consent can prove both difficult and controversial for the defendant, however. The accused, even if acquitted, risks being fired from their job, losing their friends and other relationships, having their property vandalized, and being harassed by those believing them to be guilty. Avoid making any statements If any person someone you know personally or a law enforcement officer, investigator with a public agency, or your employer questions you about or accuses you of inappropriate sexual behavior with a child, try not to answer any questions, make any statements, or engage in any conversation or discussion with the other person until you have consulted an attorney. Preparation of a defense An experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will be aware of the possible defenses to a charge of child sexual molestation or abuse and the issues that need to be explored. Powerful false accusers should be named and shamed as well. Our office understands that your life and your future are in jeopardy when you are falsely accused of a serious charge such as rape, sexual battery, or child sexual abuse. A prominent British paediatric neuropathologist, Dr Waney Squier, made headlines in by stating she believed that 'half or even more of those who have been brought to trial in the past for SBS have been wrongly convicted'.