According to reports out of Floyd County, a local man was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison today. He was convicted of raping a child who was under the age of six when the abuse occurred.
He was found guilty of several counts of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, rape, and aggravated sodomy.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the laws behind the offenses of both child molestation and aggravated child molestation in order to provide clarity on the distinction between the two offenses.
Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
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.
Call our offices now if you have been arrested. Sex crimes in Georgia are not to be taken lightly. Your first step in your defense plan is to speak with a qualified attorney.