According to reports out of Cobb County, a father and his adult son have been arrested for child molestation and incest.
The two men have been accused of abusing children within their family. They are facing charges of aggravated child molestation, felony incest, and felony sexual battery.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of incest in the state of Georgia.
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.
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a sex crime in the state of Georgia, call our offices now. We can help you with your case. The reality is that not everyone is accused of committing a crime is guilty of committing that offense. An accusation is not the same as a conviction. Call now.