A man in Coweta County has been convicted of sexually abusing five different girls since the 1990s. His charges included child molestation and enticement. The girls were reported to be between the ages of four and nine years old at the time of the molestation.
The families originally contacted local law enforcement in the 1990s after the first incident. Although the accusations included five victims - he was indicted for the abuse of only one victim. This is a result of the statute of limitations on sex crimes in Georgia.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offenses of both child molestation and aggravated child molestation. Child molestation is the base crime while aggravated child molestation builds off of that offense.
Child Molestation and Aggravated 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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