Today, law enforcement has an ever-increasing number of tools at their disposal to track, find, and build a criminal case against potential suspects. These tools also help to provide key evidence in many cases.
This was what happened in a recent case against two registered sex offenders in Southern California, according to a recent CNN report.
The two men, Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, had been convicted of sex crimes involving children. Gordon was convicted in 1992 and Cano in 2007. As registered sex offenders, the men were required to check in with police every 30 days and wear GPS ankle bracelets.
It was these GPS ankle bracelets that police say connected them to the rape and murder of four women.
Law enforcement used the data from their ankle bracelets along with the women’s cell phone records to tie them to the crimes.
Only one of the women’s bodies has been found. The other three have not been found but are presumed dead.
The two men have been charged with four counts of both rape and murder. If convicted, they face life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
Police are surely searching for the other three missing women. Without them, it may be difficult to prove the charges related to these women beyond a reasonable doubt.
These men have an uphill battle if they choose to fight their charges. GPS data can be very convincing to a jury and difficult to disprove.
Cases like these illustrate why it’s important to have the help of an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer. If you have been charged with a sexual offense, you can expect to be treated harshly by the criminal justice system. You need a skilled lawyer on your side to protect your rights.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, call Greenberg & Greenberg, A Professional Law Corporation today for a free consultation to talk about your options.