Ralston Dew, a 70-year-old man, has been accused for the third time this year of enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation in Georgia. He's been accused of groping and kissing six girls that are all under the age of sixteen years old.
The enticing a child for indecent purposes charge came from one isolated incident that has been reported as occurring in his home in Cumming, Georgia.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the law behind the criminal offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes in the state of Georgia.
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines enticing a child for indecent purposes in Georgia as:
A person commits the crime of enticing a child for indecent purposes when he or she solicits, entices, or takes any child under the age of 16 years to a place whatsoever for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts. O.C.G.A. §16-6-5.
In order to commit the criminal offense of enticing a child for indecent purposes, there must be the taking of a child towards somewhere that an indecent act would happen. This can be accomplished through forcing, enticing, or persuading.
Enticing a child for indecent purposes is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalty can include up to 30 years in prison. However, there are cases that include a wrongful accusation. There are Georgia Criminal Defenses that can apply to any case.