Newnan, Ga. - A local Newnan man has been arrested after he being accused of molesting a minor. The man was arrested after what officials reported was a week-long investigation.
The Coweta County Sheriff's Office stated that a family member of the victim came forward and reported the incidents to them. No other details have been shared or released at this time. The man has been charged with both child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will focus today's post on these two offenses and how they differ from each other. See below.
Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
The statute defines child molestation 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.
The statute goes on to define aggravated child molestation 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.
Most people tend to jump to the conclusion of guilt when a person has been arrested for any of the many Sex Crimes in Georgia. However, these offenses are to be treated and handled just like any other criminal case in the sense that the accused person has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in the state of Georgia, call our offices now. We can help you with your case today.