Calhoun, Ga. - According to reports out of Gordon County, a 13-year-old girl was discovered in a 21-year-old man's vehicle around 4:00 AM in a parking lot by authorities.
The man was arrested after police discovered him not wearing pants. The two also attempted to cover up the age of the girl. The deputy spoke privately with the young girl. She admitted to the officer that she was lying about her identity as well as her age. The young girl was taken to the hospital for screening and turned over into her parents' custody. The man was detained and is being held in the Gordon County Jail. He is facing charges of:
- Child Molestation in Georgia
- Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
- Public Indecency in Georgia
- Loitering and Prowling in Georgia
- And Obstruction in Georgia.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the law behind the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes In the state of Georgia.
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-5 as:
A person commits the crime of enticing a child for indecent purposes when he or she solicits, entices, or takes any child under the age of 16 years to a place whatsoever for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts.
Asportation is an element in enticing a child for indecent purposes. There must be some taking or moving the child towards somewhere that an indecent act would occur. The taking could be accomplished by using force, enticement, or persuasion.
A person convicted of enticing a child for indecent purposes will be guilty of a felony. The penalty if convicted will be a prison term between 10 and 30 years.
However, if the victim is between 14 and 16 years old and the person convicted is 18 years or younger and no more than 4 years older than the victim, that person will be guilty of a misdemeanor.
In addition to a prison sentence, the defendant will also be required to register as a Sex Offender in Georgia. If required to register as a sex offender in Georgia, you must: 1. Provide the required information to the appropriate law enforcement official before you are released from prison or placed on parole, supervised release, or probation; 2. Register in person with the sheriff of the county in which you reside within 72 hours after your release 3. If you are homeless, you still have 72 hours to notify the sheriff of the county where you sleep. O.C.G.A. §42-1-12.
When covering stories involving sex crimes in Georgia, I regularly mention just how stigmatized these types of offenses are. If you or a loved one has been arrested, call our offices now. We can help today.