According to reports out of Cherokee County, a man was convicted and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the laws behind both child molestation and the elevated offense of aggravated child molestation in today's post. Although the man in the story above was found guilty and sentenced of these crimes, it is important to remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction.
Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
.Child molestation in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 (a) as:
A person commits the offense of child molestation when such person:
(1) Does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person; or
(2) By means of an electronic device, transmits images of a person engaging in, inducing, or otherwise participating in any immoral or indecent act to a child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia is defined in the same statute in part (c) as:
A person commits the offense of aggravated child molestation when such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy.
A person convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for life or by a split sentence that is a term of imprisonment for not less than 25 years and not exceeding life imprisonment.
Sex crimes are taken very seriously in the state of Georgia - especially when children are believed to be involved. Unlike the man who was found guilty above - not everyone who is accused of a criminal offense is guilty of committing that offense. That's where we come in. If you have been arrested, call our offices now.