Shocking reports out of Cobb County made headlines this morning as the arrest of a seventeen year old boy, Baudilio Ambrocio, was released to the news.
According to reports, Ambrocio was arrested on the following charges:
All of these charges were the result of an incident involving a 7 year old girl at a local home. The girl's parents were not home during the incident, but the little girl required surgery as a result of the rape.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I understand just how disturbing reports like this can be. Unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone who is accused of committing a sexual offense is guilty of committing that offense.
In today's post I will outline the law behind aggravated child molestation so as to better clarify what the teenager is being accused of doing.
Aggravated Child Molestation
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-6-4(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.
Now in order to understand this law, it is important to understand both the offense of child molestation and sodomy. Child molestation in Georgia is defined in the same statute in section (a) 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.
Sodomy in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law as:
A person commits the offense of sodomy when he or she performs or submits to any sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.
Aggravated child molestation is classified as a felony in Georgia. An aggravated child molestation conviction could result in life in prison or by a split sentence of at least 25 years in prison followed by probation for life.
A conviction for aggravated child molestation also requires the defendant to register with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry. This can effect all areas of a person's life.
As I mentioned above - not everyone who is accused of or arrested for a sex crime is guilty of that offense. If you or a loved one has been wrongly accused of a crime, contact a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney today.