On September 21, 2010, two men filed suit accusing Atlanta pastor Eddie Long of exploiting his position to coerce them into having sex with him.

Plaintiff Anthony Flagg, 21, alleged that he traveled with Long to six American cities on overnight trips. The suit states that “Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact.”

Long’s spokesperson has denied all allegations.

In California, multiple penal code sections punish non-consensual sexual contact. For example, Penal Code section 243.4(e)(1) states that “[a]ny person who touches an intimate part of another person, if the touching is against the will of the person touched, and is for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery, punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.”

Penal Code section 288a(b)(2) states that anyone who engages in an act of oral copulation “against the victim’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.”

Violations under either Penal Code section 243.4(e)(1) or section 288a(b)(2) required the offender to register as a sex offender under Penal Code section 290(c).

If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, you will need an experienced Southern California criminal defense attorney who will defense you against this serious charge, especially considering the social stigma involved with sex offenses. At Wallin & Klarich, we have helped people accused of sex crimes for over thirty years. Call us today at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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