Reginald Blake was arrested last week on the following charges:
As well as possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to reports, Blake, a 29 year old man, was found with a 14 year old girl in his parked car. Police and Blake both claimed that the girl initially told him as well as the officers that she was an adult.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus on what is the most serious of the charges faced by Blake.
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
In Georgia, child molestation is classified as a felony. Felony offenses are penalized the strongest. Felony punishments in Georgia should not be taken lightly. The penalties include imprisonment over a year.
In regards to child molestation, if convicted of the offense the penalty can include up to twenty years in prison. For a subsequent conviction of child molestation, the penalty can increase up to thirty years in prison.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I always attempt to expand on the long term consequences of a conviction. For a felony conviction, long term consequences include an added difficulty of obtaining housing, credit, and employment.
Regardless of whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony, if you have been arrested, you need to contact our offices today. Contact us today.