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Adult Man Using Social Media to Solicit Minors for Sex in Kennesaw

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cobb County Superior Court

Kennesaw, Ga. - A local adult man has been accused of using social media applications, such as Snapchat, to solicit minors for sex.

The girls he solicited for sexual acts were aged anywhere from thirteen to eighteen years old. His arrest resulted from a 14-year-old's report of the misconduct. The warrant for his arrest states that, “There were multiple pictures and videos sent from that juvenile female to said accused, and their conversations showed that it was in exchange for money.”

Investigators found him through his IP address. He was arrested on multiple counts of sex trafficking, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of a minor. As a Cobb County Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in Georgia

O.C.G.A. §16-12-100 outlines the different criminal acts that constitute Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in Georgia.

  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, or coerce any minor to engage in or assist any other person to engage in any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual medium depicting such conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor knowingly to permit the minor to engage in or to assist any other person to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual medium depicting such conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, or coerce any minor to engage in or assist any other person to engage in any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of any performance.
  • It is unlawful for any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor knowingly to permit the minor to engage in or to assist any other person to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of any performance.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to create, reproduce, publish, promote, sell, distribute, give, exhibit, or possess with intent to sell or distribute any visual medium which depicts a minor or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to advertise, sell, purchase, barter, or exchange any medium, which provides information as to where any visual medium, which depicts a minor, or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct can be found or purchased.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to bring or cause to be brought into this state any material, which depicts a minor, or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to possess or control any material, which depicts a minor, or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct.

The crime of sexual exploitation of a child is classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the severity of the crime, the portion of the law violated, and the age of the victim.

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