Lawyer: Rape confession by Scouts ex-leader should be tossed
CLEVELAND (AP) — The attorney for a former suburban Cleveland Boy Scouts troop leader suspected of raping a teenage boy says a judge should throw out his confession because the defendant wasn’t properly advised of his rights.
Cleveland.com reports the attorney argues that a detective didn’t advise Aaron Robertson of his right to speak to a lawyer during a March interrogation and promised to persuade reporters to back off the case if Robertson confessed.
Prosecutors defend the detective’s approach. They say Robertson was read his rights when he was arrested two days earlier.
The 29-year-old Robertson pleaded not guilty to charges including rape and sexual battery.
Police say Robertson is suspected of repeated abuse involving one teen starting in 2015, when the boy was 13. Police say a tip led to the investigation.
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