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New York DMV worker mounts criminal defense against abuse charges

The process of earning a driver's license is often a nerve-racking one. People across the country, of all ages, work to earn the important piece of plastic that allows drivers to legally operate a vehicle on public roadways. As a result, the government employs thousands of workers to ensure that those seeking a license are deserving of the responsibility. However, one of those workers in New York is now mounting a criminal defense after he was charged with sexual abuse during two separate driving tests.

An indictment was recently handed down against the 55-year-old man. He is a Department of Motor Vehicle's employee who has been with the agency for 20 years, but he is now on unpaid leave as a result of the allegations against him. He is accused of fondling two different women during road tests.

He has now been charged with three misdemeanors, including sexual abuse and forcible touching. In an unusual move, the district attorney sought an indictment, even though they are normally only used for felonies. The accused man refused a plea agreement.

The New York man states that because he has faith in the criminal justice system and in his own innocence, he will mount a criminal defense. The court system is designed to protect those who have been wrongfully accused of such charges. One safeguard in place to protect the accused is to require an exacting burden of proof. Prosecutors will have to prove the man's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a criminal conviction. The man is considered innocent before the court until -- and only if -- that time arrives.

Source: lohud.com, DMV worker who allegedly groped women is indicted, Terence Corcoran, Feb. 7, 2014

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