Rockdale County authorities have arrested Brad Gaskins on charges of trafficking a person for sexual servitude and aggravated sodomy.
According to reports, the young woman had just moved to DeKalb County from Washington state when Gaskins met her and offered her a place to stay. He allegedly kept her in a hotel room for the following two weeks in exchange for her answering ads for sexual services. A friend of the woman called authorities, and they decided to do a wellness check.
Officers then found “signs of human trafficking” and the young woman in bad shape. When Gaskins returned to the room a few hours later, they arrested him on the above-mentioned charges.
Sex crimes in Georgia are treated very seriously. Let's look at the crimes Gaskins is being accused of committing.
Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude in Georgia
According to Georgia law, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude in Georgia is defined by O.C.G.A. §16-5-46 as:
“A person commits the offense of trafficking a person for sexual servitude when that person knowingly subjects or maintains another in sexual servitude or knowingly recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of sexual servitude.”
If convicted of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, a person will be guilty of a felony and punished by a prison sentence of one to twenty years.
If convicted of trafficking a person who is under the age of eighteen for sexual servitude, then the convicted person will face an elevated minimum of ten years to up to twenty years in prison.
Aggravated Sodomy in Georgia
According to Georgia law, aggravated sodomy in Georgia is defined by O.C.G.A. §16-6-2 as:
“A person commits the offense of aggravated sodomy when he or she commits sodomy with force and against the will of the other person or when he or she commits sodomy with a person who is less than ten years of age.”
If convicted of aggravated sodomy, a person will be guilty of a felony and punished by a prison sentence between twenty-five years and life.
If Gaskins is found guilty of both offenses and sentenced to the maximum allowed for both crimes, he is facing significant prison time. For the aggravated sodomy charge, if Gaskins is convicted, he will also be required to register as a sex offender in Georgia.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, it is always important for me to note that no one, including Gaskins, is to be presumed guilty until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is such an important note because it is the basis of our criminal judicial process. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in Georgia, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney today. We will not assume your guilt and work with you to best defend your case.