According to the District Attorney's Office in Gwinnett County, a local man has been recently convicted this past week of five different felonies.
These offenses include: rape, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation.
The man was found guilty of sexually abusing a child between 2012 and 2014.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will outline the law behind the offense of aggravated child molestation in today's post.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
To understand the law behind aggravated child molestation, first we need to look at the law behind child molestation. Child molestation in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 (a) as:
A person commits the offense of child molestation when such person:
(1) Does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person; or
(2) By means of an electronic device, transmits images of a person engaging in, inducing, or otherwise participating in any immoral or indecent act to a child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia is defined in the same statute in part (c) as:
A person commits the offense of aggravated child molestation when such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy.
A person convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for life or by a split sentence that is a term of imprisonment for not less than 25 years and not exceeding life imprisonment.
Sex crimes are similar to any other crime in the sense that just because a person has been accused of committing an offense does not mean that he or she is guilty of that crime. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime, contact our offices today.