Grand Jury Indicts Temple, Texas Man For Sex Assault of Online Date
This story is a scary reminder of the dangerous world we live in right now, especially when it comes to online dating.
Meeting strangers from the internet is a common thing these days. However, you can never be too careful when you're dealing with someone you don't really know. A Central Texas woman told police she was sexually assaulted after meeting a Temple man in person that she met online, according to our news partner KWTX.
The victim told police she connected with 21-year-old Aradt Palacios of Temple, Texas on social media two weeks before the alleged assault, and had met him in person once before. She said she agreed to go to his apartment as long as he did not try anything sexual in nature, and messages exchanged between them before the incident confirmed her statement.
Sexual Assault vs Rape in Texas
In Texas, sexual assault is the term the judical system commonly uses to refer to the act of rape. When a person is arrested for suspicion of sexual assault in Texas, law enforcement officers may use the term 'rape'. However, prosecutors and judges use the term 'sexual assault'.
Sexual assault is classified as a second-degree felony. Those convicted can receive a sentence of between two and 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
Resources for Sexual Assault Victims
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault offers services such as training, education, and support. If you or someone you know needs help or information, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. The line is answered 24/7.
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