I've a few questions that I hope you can help me with. I researched but the results where pretty overwhelming and I don't know how to narrow it down. It would be good, too, if you could tell me if the story I've in mind is even possible that way.
About the story:
The MC is an 18 years old, gay, male teenager, in his final year of High School, living in a small town with a very negative view on gays. He is wrongly accused and imprisoned for child molestation. The boy that accuses him is between 10 and 12 years old.
The story takes place in the present and I'm planning to start it with the MC's release from prison when he moves to a small town where homosexuality is mostly accepted (except for the odd glance and a rude comment now and then).
Anyway, I want the MC to be sentenced for no longer than 10 years, with some of those out on parole. My preference is that he's about 25 when he gets out on parole.
I'm looking for a state that fits the afore mentioned and I was wondering
(1) If it's even possible, what would be neccessary for a judge to sentence the MC despite him pleading not guilty and the child having no visible marks or any other proof for being abused?
(2) Would it matter if the parents of the supposedly abused child had influence on the judge/ jury, if the judge/jury were homophobes, using the MC's homosexuality against him and if no one backed the MC up in his statements?
(3) How long does it usually take from the accusation to the imprisonment, if there's no delay in the procedure?
(4) Would a judge be able to determine the durance of time spend in prison and out on parole?
(5) Are there any follow up measures for released child abusers, like e.g no living near schools, regular therapy sessions, etc. ?
Unfortunately I'm unfamiliar with the specific laws of the different states, as well as their specific views on homosexuality so I was hoping you guys could help me find one that fits.
Google: Child Abuse Law, procedures child abuse / molestation, punishment child abuse / molestation, treatment child abusers, and a few more along those lines
Community Tags: sexual abuse & assault , usa: government: law (misc) , *merge: usa: law/government , *merge: police procedure
Thank you for your help in advance.
If I left anything unclear, or you need any more information, let me know.