June 24, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

A woman whose name has not been released claimed that Al Gore sexually assaulted her on October 24, 2006. The woman, a massage therapist, stated that her employer sent her to Al Gore’s hotel room to perform a massage. During the course of the massage, the woman alleged that he sexually assaulted her.

The woman first contacted the police in 2006 but did not wish to proceed with a criminal investigation and cancelled multiple scheduled interviews with detectives. In 2009, she contacted the police and gave a detailed statement, but again declined to initiate a criminal proceeding against Gore.

Police have declined to arrest Gore, citing a lack of evidence and the woman’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation. Law enforcement creates a police report and may forward that report to the local district attorney’s office for formal filing of criminal charges. It is the D.A.’s office that makes the final determination regarding what charges, if any, to file against a defendant.

Under California Penal Code section 243.4(e)(1), any person who touches an intimate body part of another against the other’s will and for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification is guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to a six month jail term. The particular circumstances of the sexual battery may increase the severity of the punishment.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, an experienced criminal attorney can be the difference between winning and losing your case. At Wallin & Klarich, we have been helping people accused of sex offenses for over 30 years. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us on our website at www.wklaw.com. We will be there when you call.

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