From The Library of A Miami Criminal Attorney, Larry Handfield
A simple rash on a 4 years old girl leads to an innocent teacher being jailed.
If you think it can’t happen to you, you are wrong.
Clenol Jean, a 23 years old charter school teacher, lived with his family and grandmother. As a favor, the grandmother would babysit a four years old girl and her two years old sibling.
One afternoon family members noticed a rash on the inside leg of the 4 yr old. Did anyone touch you? Ask the parents. “I was touched 5 times,” said the 4 years old according to the police report.
The 4 years old had a rash and on April 20, 2016, Clenol Jean was accused with 5 counts of sexual battery.
Clenol Jean’s mom said: “He will never do such a thing. He is a Christian boy who stays home, makes music, or he preaches”.
The allegation stunned Jean neighbor, Mr, Carol Genty, who know the teacher since he was a baby.
“ It’s not fair… I think it is a lie… It trusts him” he said. The school teacher denied touching the girl.
The sexual battery case arrived at my office. My name is Larry Handfield. I am a Criminal Attorney for over 25 years. During my successful career as a Miami criminal attorney, I have tried hundreds of criminal cases in front of a jury. I saw and heard everything you can imagine. The police story did not make any sense to me.
My heart went for the 23 years old. Despite the fact that he passed a polygraph and maintained his innocence, the face of the teacher and a preacher was all over the television and newspaper. Such embarrassment it’s hard to bear even amongst the strongest person let alone a 23 years old school teacher and preacher.
“I knew I had an innocent person being wrongfully arrested, accused of these charges and wrongfully held without any bond,” said his Miami Criminal Attorney Mr. Larry Handfielf.
My aggressive investigation discovered that the North Miami Police Department Detective Mr, Perez, never conducted a thorough investigation.
The detective accepted the word of a 4 yr old. There was no medical investigation of the victim. Nothing was done to authenticate the 4 years old girl accusation.
Can you imagine going to jail, hold without bond due to unchecked 4 years old girl? Do you think it can’t happen to you?
After two weeks of hard investigation, his Miami Criminal Attorney Mr. Larry Handfield had all charges dismissed.
The charges were dismissed, but the school teacher left traumatized. “Jean life was transformed overnight, forever more.” Said Mr. Larry Handfield. Clenol told his attorney that the nightmares don’t let him sleep. The mental stress and trauma he had to endure required immediate therapy.
This is a case where you “Can’t unring the bell”, Said his Criminal Attorney Mr. Larry Handfield.
His arrest serves as a reminder to all of us: Anyone of us can be arrested and thrown in jail for something we didn’t do. It is down right SCARY.