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Arrest Warrants Issued for Georgia Man on Child Molestation Charges

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

A local Marietta man has been reported as wanted by police after three felony arrest warrants have been issued.

According to reports, a minor has reported that the man molested and raped her on multiple occasions. Not many other details have been released - however, it is known that the victim and the suspect are related.

As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I frequently cover the laws behind rape in Georgia and child molestation in Georgia. But the suspect in the story above is also facing charges of incest which is a little bit more complicated. In today's post, I will outline the law behind the offense.

Incest in Georgia

Incest in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-22 as:

A person commits the offense of incest when such person engages in sexual intercourse or sodomy, with a person whom he or she knows he or she is related to either by blood or by marriage as follows:

  • Father and child or stepchild
  • Mother and child or stepchild;
  • Siblings of the whole blood or of the half blood;
  • Grandparent and grandchild of the whole blood or of the half blood;
  • Aunt and niece or nephew of the whole blood or of the half blood; or
  • Uncle and niece or nephew of the whole blood or of the half blood. 

Incest is classified as a felony. The punishment will be a prison term between ten and thirty years. However, if the child was under 14 years old, then the prison term gets escalated to between twenty-five and fifty years. In addition to prison, a person convicted of incest will be required to register as a sex offender with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.

Practice Note

As of right now, the man is still wanted by police. Anyone with information has been asked to call in and report to authorities.

If you or a loved one is facing an arrest, contact us now. We can help you as well as explain all of your options.

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Richard Lawson

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