According to reports out of South Georgia, a former police officer is facing more than 30 felonies. Lloyd Aiello has been accused of molesting and abusing two children over a six year period of time.
He's been arrested on charges of:
- Incest in Georgia
- Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
- Aggravated Sexual Battery in Georgia
He is facing many other charges including aggravated child molestation.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will provide an overview on the law behind aggravated child molestation in today's post.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
In order to completely understand the law behind aggravated child molestation, first a look at child molestation in Georgia is necessary. Child molestation is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-6-4 as:
A person commits the offense of child molestation when the person either:
- 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
- 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.
Child molestation is classified as a felony. If convicted of child molestation, a person is facing between five and twenty years in prison.
Aggravated child molestation in Georgia is the elevated offense of the base crime of child molestation. Aggravated child molestation is defined by Georgia Law in the same statute 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.
Aggravated child molestation is also classified as a felony. However, the penalty is much more severe. If convicted of aggravated child molestation, a person is facing life in prison or by a split sentence of at least 25 years in prison followed by probation for life.
Anyone can commit a crime. Anyone can be accused of committing a crime. However, a person is to be considered or presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. This includes sex crimes in Georgia.
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