The charges stem from his online activity which led to him meeting up with a teenager from Forsyth County. The teenager, however, is younger than the age of sixteen, and therefore, no further details have been released.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will walk through one of the offenses the man is also facing which is aggravated child molestation in the state of Georgia. This offense is the elevated offense of child molestation. Read below to see the differences.
Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
To understand the law behind aggravated child molestation, first we need to look at the law behind child molestation. Child molestation in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 (a) 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.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia is defined in the same statute in part (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.
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.
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