According to reports out of Cobb County, a 40-year-old man was arrested for messaging a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover cop.
He allegedly sent lewd photos of himself and expressed a sexual interest in the girl. He tried to meet her in person this past week which was when the undercover cop arrested and charged with enticing a child.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will outline the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes in today's post. The law encompasses many different actions as I will expand below.
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-6-5 as:
A person commits the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes when he or she solicits, entices, or takes any child under the age of 16 years to any place whatsoever for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts. Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 30 years. Any person convicted under this Code section of the offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes shall, in addition, be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2. If the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of enticing a child for indecent purposes is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall not be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.
As with various sex crimes in Georgia, this law has what is referred to as a Romeo and Juliet provision which is aimed to not punish teenagers or young people with a felony offense.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Georgia, contact our offices today. The reality of arrests is that not everyone who is arrested for committing a certain offense is guilty of that offense or in fact, guilty of any criminal offense at all.
This is why it is so important to hire an attorney who can represent you and defend you to the best of his or her ability. A Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer is here for you today.