Eighteen year old, Jerry Timm, has been arrested for allegedly molesting a number of children in the neighborhood he lives in Haralson County.
According to reports, this past weekend, allegations came forward to the Sheriff's Department after a report of child molestation. So far Timm is facing charges of child molestation and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors in Georgia. He has been accused of multiple acts of obscenity and molestation.
As of right now, the investigation is still ongoing. Sheriff Eddie Mixon stated that, “This is a local man who seemed harmless, but in reality, has preyed on children in our community.”
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the offense of child molestation in today's post.
Child Molestation in Georgia
Child Molestation in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-6-4 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.
A person convicted of child molestation will be guilty of a felony. For a first child molestation conviction, the accused will face a sentence of five to twenty years in prison. In addition, the Department of Corrections will provide counseling to the defendant. For a second or subsequent conviction of child molestation, the punishment increases to a prison term between ten and thirty years or life in prison.
Many people associate arrests for sex crimes in Georgia with guilt, but truthfully, many people that are wrongfully charged and are not treated fairly by the general public because people deem them guilty before they have ever been to court.
We know the basis of our criminal justice system - the presumption of innocence. We know that no one should be deemed guilty until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a sex crime, contact a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney today.