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Georgia Authorities Arrest Man for Alleged Sex Crimes Against Child

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

A local Dekalb County man has been arrested in Troup County. He is facing charges of criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation as well as sexual exploitation of a child.

The man was allegedly caught up in a sting after he communicated with investigators. He believed the investigators to be a young boy - although, details regarding how old he believed the boy to be have not been released.

He was also accused of sending sexually explicit photos during these online conversations. As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of sexual exploitation of a child. The law actually encompasses a range of behaviors or actions. See below.

Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Georgia

O.C.G.A. §16-12-100 outlines the various ways that an individual can commit sexual exploitation of a child 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.

Practice Note

If you or someone close to you has been arrested for any of the many sex crimes in Georgia, call our offices now. We can help you with your criminal case today.

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