In many people’s minds there was a time when someone suspected of a criminal act could get far enough “out of Dodge” and the local law would then be stymied in terms of an arrest. This is probably more of a Hollywood myth than anything today, especially in the case of a Navy sailor who has been extradited back to Oklahoma to face 11 felony sex charges.
With sailor Brock Mason, the sex crimes suspect is alleged to have committed multiple felonies associated with sexual abuse of two minors, children of a woman he met when Brock previously lived in the Oklahoma region and was attending the University of Oklahoma. According to the charges, Brock connected with the mother in some type of relationship which then gave him access to her two twin boys who were then subsequently abused according to the charges.
At the time of the extradition, Brock was serving on a Navy assignment in Japan. Naval authorities arrested the suspect and transferred him back to Oklahoma in cooperation with local authorities. However, what triggered the Navy’s initial response was not necessarily a request from local law enforcement; Brock allegedly had downloaded child pornography on his computer which Naval Intelligence where then made aware of. During that separate investigation of Brock’s online presence, including social media postings, they connected back to Brock’s presence in Oklahoma which led to further details in the case.
Brock now faces 11 felony charges of sex crimes with a bail minimum of $750,000. However, the case is likely to expand as prosecutors are probing other cases and information to determine if additional cases can be tied to the same suspect.
From a defense perspective, even one sexual felony charge alleged can be severely damaging to a person’s life. While the system touts the phrase “innocent until proven guilty,” everything about the criminal arraignment process is geared to destroy the character of the suspect before anything is ever brought before a jury. This includes shaming the suspect publicly, convincing an employer to let the person go due to the related scandal, and seizing assets and bank accounts.
In Phoenix, Arizona for example a good criminal defense lawyer is often the only avenue for a chance of saving one’s name and freedom. Our office can provide a free consultation to help plan the next steps after being charged. Give us a call ASAP; we can help!