According to reports out of Marietta, a local man is facing multiple felonies after being accused of molesting a child for the past many years.
The child reported him to her school counselor stating that he touched her inappropriately on many different occasions.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the offense of child molestation in today's post as well as the consequences if convicted.
Child Molestation in Georgia
Child Molestation in Georgia is outlined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 of the Georgia Code 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.
A person convicted of a first offense of child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 20 years. Upon a defendant being incarcerated on a conviction for a first offense, the Department of Corrections shall provide counseling to such defendant. Upon a second or subsequent conviction of an offense of child molestation, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten years nor more than 30 years or by imprisonment for life.
However, if the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of child molestation is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sex offenses have serious repercussions if convicted. If you or a loved one has been arrested, call us now. We can help you with your case immediately.