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Georgia Man Arrested After Child Pornography Discovered on Cell Phone

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Georgia man has been arrested on three felonies after dozens of pornographic images of minors were found on his cellphone.

He was arrested after authorities were tipped off that he was downloading images of young girls performing explicit acts inside of his Carroll County home.

As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will outline one of the offenses that the suspect in the story above is facing - sexual exploitation of a child in Georgia. He is now facing three counts of this offense, and authorities are expecting more charges to occur.

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.

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