A conviction for sexual contact with or sexual abuse of a minor has serious potential consequences. Share on Facebook If you have children, or live, work or have contact with children, it is possible though statically quite unlikely that, at some point, you might be falsely accused of child molestation or other sexually inappropriate behavior with a child. What to Do If You Are Accused of Child Molestation Accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior with a child — whether by a child, a parent or other family member, or a third party — are a very serious matter. Do not assume that because the charges are false, you do not need to deal with them. Concerns and Consequences The most obvious and serious concern if you are charged with a crime based on false accusations of child molestation is that you could be convicted of the crime. Can't find a category? Once any steps are taken to justify the decision that the accused is guilty, it becomes very difficult for the official to accept disconfirming evidence, and this can continue during appeals , retrials or any other effort to revisit a verdict. If human resources informs you that you have been accused of sexual harassment, you may want to contact an attorney before discussing the allegation. Avoid making any statements If any person someone you know personally or a law enforcement officer, investigator with a public agency, or your employer questions you about or accuses you of inappropriate sexual behavior with a child, try not to answer any questions, make any statements, or engage in any conversation or discussion with the other person until you have consulted an attorney. An attorney can contact a school administrator before you are questioned, begin addressing the matter on your behalf, and you will never find yourself in the uncomfortable position of being questioned by a school principal or other administrator without having consulted with an attorney or without an attorney present. Remember, communication between an attorney and a client is protected by attorney-client privilege, which means that any private conversations with an attorney are confidential and cannot be shared with anyone else or used against you in a criminal proceeding.