Samuel Goldberg has been a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a New York state prosecutor. He has published various articles regarding the practice of criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on outlets such as the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC and The BBC Network. To speak to Sam about a criminal matter call (617) 492 3000.

MALE DANCER SAID TO ASSAULT TWO WOMEN AT WAREHAM PARTY

31-year-old Patrick Ladapo is from Providence, Rhode Island. When performing his art, he is known by his stage name, “Damion”. Today, he is also known and hereinafter referred to as the “Defendant”. He has been charged with the sexual assault of two women in Wareham.

Interestingly, the Defendant actually works in the sex industry. He is a male dancer. In fact, the allegations against him arise out of a performance of his on Tuesday. The two women who have brought the charges are said to be the ones who had hired him to perform at their party. Said party is where the assaults allegedly took place.

The Defendant, arraigned in Wareham District Court, stands charged with two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14, Wareham police said in a statement. While their identities have not been released, a 21-year-old woman first reported having been assaulted at the party on Wednesday. During the course of the criminal investigation, officers came across a 27-year-old woman who also reported being assaulted at the party.

The Defendant is apparently employed by Blaze Entertainment, which is based in Boston.

Attorney Sam’s Take On Sexual Assault vs. Adult Entertainment

The specific alleged facts of this case have not been released and I, for one, am quite curious to read them. After all, the Defendant had been hired to dance at the party. I guess the first question would be what type of party it was. Perhaps he was hired to demonstrate his talent in the fine art of ballet. Maybe he was simply there to be available to men and women who desired to learn flamingo dancing from him. Or, I suppose he could have been hired as a male stripper at some…other kind of party.

Of course, whatever type of party and dancing this was does not end the inquiry. The big issue remains that of consent.

Let’s assume you go to Danielle Debauchery’s bachelorette party and a male stripper suddenly shows up and begins to peel his clothing off piece by piece.

“Hey! Isn’t that indecent exposure?”

Not really because he has been hired by a private entity to so perform at their party. If you do not want to see it, then you can avert your eyes. It is not the same thing as walking across the Boston Common one day and seeing the gent do the same thing.

However…touching is something else.

Let’s say the stripper looks at you and decides that, after his performance, he believes that you and he should have a private encore performance. If you do not agree to any of the touching and he goes ahead, then he is committing a sexual assault.

It comes down to consent.

Of course, there are times when communications become confusing. There are also times when someone did not perform the acts of which he stands accused. One thing is for sure, though. These types of charges, just by being made, can alter the accused’s life. Often, just because of the charges, the accused loses his or her job, family and reputation. The Department of Children and Families also will get involve if the accused has or lives with children. Naturally, aside from the criminal consequences, a defendant risks having to register with the Sex Offender Review Board.

These are not charges to take lightly, folks. If you suspect that you may be suspected of them…retain counsel fast!

To read the original story upon which this blog is based, please go to http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/08/29/male-dancer-accused-sexually-assaulting-two-women-private-party-wareham/Vbsgo7ecZ0x8c3E4YLQHjL/story.html

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