Received a handwritten note delivered to my work while I was gone accusing me of sexual misconduct. Steps to take?
I just received a handwritten note from a female I went to college with (no name given on the note) that was delivered to my work while I was out on medical leave. The note accuses me of forcing myself on her while in college (no date given) but says something about "9 years" ago later in the note. While I am aware that there is a statute of limitations currently in WA, she also says that if the law is ever changed she will press charges. I've done some "investigation" to try and determine who, when, where this even occurred (much to the chagrin of my friends who have told me to shut up and lawyer up) and have not been able to determine any additional details. Looking for advice on how to proceed, and whether I should be taking/making safeguards against any future charges.
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Normally, an anonymous note is nothing to worry about. Somebody is messing with you, in my opinion.
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"from a female I went to college with (no name given on the note)". Then, how did you know who wrote the note if no name is on the note?
The US Constitution prohibits making a law that criminalize an action after the action has already been done.
Was this note written last week? After the hearing for the US Supreme Court nomination last week, many organizations report a significant spike in reports of sex crimes. Some of the reported incidents happened many decades ago.
There is no statute of limitations on self-reflection. If you agree that you did what the note writer accuses you of doing, you can decide for yourself what you should do. You can review the situation with your therapist, spiritual counselor, or someone else as to what your response should be.
For a legal perspective, you should review the specific facts with your attorney in private.
Could be something serious. Could be someone just harassing you for grins and giggles. We have no idea. You might want to consider developing a relationship with a local criminal defense attorney.
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