No other facts have been released other than that the child victim was under the age of 10.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus on the law behind the offense of sodomy and the heightened offense of aggravated sodomy in our state and what penalties will be faced if convicted.
Sodomy in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines sodomy in Georgia 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.” O.C.G.A §16-6-2.
Sodomy is classified as a felony offense in Georgia. The penalty can include anywhere from a year to twenty years in prison.
Aggravated Sodomy in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines aggravated sodomy in Georgia as:
“A person commits the offense of aggravated sodomy when he or she commits sodomy with force and against the will of the other person or when he or she commits sodomy with a person who is less than ten years of age.” O.C.G.A. §16-6-2(b).
Aggravated sodomy is classified as a felony offense in Georgia. The penalty can include anywhere from 25 years in prison to a life sentence.
In addition to prison, both of the offenses of sodomy and aggravated sodomy include registration as a sex offender if convicted.
I've written frequently about various sex crimes in Georgia. These types of crimes - especially when they involve children - carry a lot of stigma. Many people automatically assume guilt from the moment of the accusation. Unfortunately, wrongful accusations occur often, and people do not receive a fair chance because of the automatic judgment.
As Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys, we have over 50 combined years of experience with Georgia Criminal Defense. We are here to help you. Sex crime penalties are particularly severe, and it is of the utmost importance to hire someone who is both well experienced and has your best interest in mind. Contact us today.