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Brother of Nicki Minaj Arrested on Child Rape Complaint

07-Dec-2015

In one of my recent articles for the Huffington Post, I wrote about how the Jared Fogle case shows us that child pornography suspects do not fit into a specific stereotype. While we may think that the typical child pornography viewer is a lonely outsider living in his parents' basement, the truth is that people from all walks of life become involved in viewing child pornography,and anyone can be a child pornography suspect. College students, ministers, teachers, business leaders, politicians, artists and entertainers, and even celebrity pitchmen are among those who have been accused of--and often convicted of--downloading child pornography.

And this is not just limited to child pornography. The same concept is extended to all sex crimes. While you may warn your child against taking candy from the stranger in the van, the truth is that most children who are sexually abused are molested by a family member or a friend of the family--not the creepy guy with the 70's pornstache and the "FREE CANDY" sign. Again, sex crime defendants come from every profession and every socioeconmiomic demographic.

Such is the case with Jelani Maraj. You have likely never heard of Maraj until today, but you have probably heard of his famous sister, entertainer Nicki Minaj. The 37-year-old brother of the "Anaconda" singer was arrested last week and charged with first degree rape and first degree sexual conduct against a child. He is accused of having sex with a child under 13 multiple times between April and November of this year. 

Maraj was released on $100,000 bond, and some media outlets are reporting that Minaj secured the bond for her brother by listing two homes she owns as collateral.

While details about the alleged victim have not been released, New York Daily News is reporting that a source says that the minor was "someone he had access to." The newspaper indicates that Maraj, who got married this summer, is raising two children--an 8-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl--with his new wife.

Reports do not indicate whether or not Maraj has entered a plea in the case. His next court date is set for December 9.

If convicted of the two current charges against him, he faces a possible sentence of 9 to 25 years on each count.

In Oklahoma, the two equivocal charges are first degree rape of a child under 14 and lewd or indecent acts or proposals to a child under 16. First degree rape is punishable by 5 years to life in prison. Lewd acts with a minor is punishable by 3 to 20 years unless the victim is under 12. In that case, it is punishable by 25 years to life. If the defendant is someone responsible for the care and well-being of the child--such as a parent, stepparent, or foster parent--the charge is sexual abuse of a child, which is punishable by a maximum of life in prison and a minimum of 25 years if the child is under 12.  



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