Sandy Springs, Ga. - Police arrested a well-known and local business owner last month after he was accused of sexual battery.
The business owner has been seeing patients and clients in the Metro Atlanta Area for nearly fifteen years. His company has stated that he adamantly denies all charges. In a statement to the press, a representative from the company stated: “He has had literally thousands of patients over the years, the vast majority of whom come for treatment on a regular basis. He is not going to talk to the press, or otherwise discuss this matter with any other person, because of the necessity of protecting patient privacy and because the proper place to resolve this kind of dispute is in a court and not on a television screen or the local newspaper.”
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I see these types of situations pretty frequently. I am not saying that sex crimes are just like any other criminal offenses. However, it is necessary for everyone to remember that a person is not guilty until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We all have a presumption of innocence. That is what our system is based on. Too often, when a person is accused of committing any one of the many sex crimes in Georgia, the press along with the local community condemn the accused individual. This happens more so with sex crimes than with other types of crimes (however, there is always damage to people's reputations which is incredibly disheartening in this day and age).
In today's post, I will cover the offense that the man has been accused of committing - sexual battery.
Sexual Battery in Georgia
Sexual battery in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-6-22 as:
A person commits the offense of sexual battery when he or she intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person.
By law, intimate body parts include the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks of a male or female and the breasts of a female.
A person convicted of the offense of sexual battery shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. This means that if convicted of sexual battery, a person is facing up to 12 months in jail and fines up to $5,000.
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