According to reports from the Henry County District Attorney's Office, serial child molester, David Jackson, has been convicted of raping and sodomizing three children who were all under the age of 9 years old when the incidents occurred.
Jackson was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline one of the offenses that Jackson was convicted of - aggravated child molestation in the state of Georgia.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines both aggravated child molestation and child molestation in the same statute. In order to properly understand aggravated child molestation, a quick look at the law behind child molestation is necessary.
Part (a) of O.C.G.A. §16-6-4 defines child molestation in Georgia as:
A person commits the offense of child molestation when the person either:
- 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
- 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
Child molestation is classified as a felony. For a first child molestation conviction, the accused will face a sentence of five to twenty years in prison. For a subsequent conviction of child molestation, the punishment increases to a prison term between ten and thirty years or life in prison.
Part (c) of O.C.G.A. §16-6-4 defines aggravated child molestation in Georgia 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.
Aggravated child molestation is classified as a felony. An aggravated child molestation conviction is penalized by up to life in prison or by a split sentence of at least 25 years in prison followed by probation for life.
Georgia Sex Crime Laws are confusing and very complicated. If you or a loved has been arrested for a sex crime in Georgia, contact our offices today.
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