It’s tragic when a police officer, a person charged with upholding our laws, is found to have violated the public’s trust by committing a criminal offense. Further, when any officer of the court is convicted of any crime, it hurts all of us deeply. As aBirmingham criminal defense attorney, I am committed to representing individuals who as accused of crimes in Alabama, whatever that may be — petty theft, methamphetamine manufacture, drug trafficking or sex crimes, to name a few.
Crimes involving criminal sexual behavior are particularly heinous. If committed by a law enforcement officer they become especially tragic and shocking. In a recent court case in Mobile County, a former Chickasaw, AL, policeman has been convicted of sexual assault and rape of a female family member. Sadly, the victim died in a traffic accident two years previous.
According to the news, 51-year-old Bob Ingle was convicted of the 2006 rape of his then 10-year-old stepdaughter, Rebecca McEvoy. The prosecution’s case was naturally complicated by McEvoy’s untimely death in January 2008. Ingle’s criminal defense attorney had argued that McEvoy’s death had made it impossible for Ingle to cross-examine his accuser, which is a basic right in our modern court system.
Regardless of the defense’s comments, the trial went ahead and Ingle was found guilty on several charges of sex abuse, rape and sodomy. After months of delays, the Mobile County jury convicted the former police officer on January 27 of raping his stepdaughter. Deliberations lasted less than two hours, after which Circuit Judge Michael Youngpeter ordered the Ingle to be electronically monitored while on bail awaiting sentencing on February 25.
According to reports, McEvoy first accused Ingle of sexually abusing her in 2006. Although the victim had died, the judge ruled that any statements she made to police could not be heard by the jury however other statements she may have made to friends, family and medical personnel would be admissible.
First-degree rape and sodomy are punishable by 10 years to life in prison. Sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Former Chickasaw police officer convicted of raping 10-year-old stepdaughter, AL.com, January 27, 2010
Former policeman convicted in stepdaughter’s rape, AL.com, January 28, 2010