According to reports out of Floyd County, a man has been arrested after allegedly communicating with a Floyd County Police Officer who was posing as a child online.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation along with other bureaus have been conducting a multi-state child exploitation operation across eight states. There have been 82 arrests across the states so far.
Police reports show that the man has been charged with:
- Enticing a child for indecent purposes in Georgia
- Pandering in Georgia
- Sexual exploitation of children in Georgia
- Electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors in Georgia
It is important to remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will outline one of the offenses that the man was accused of committing in today's post.
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
Enticing a child for indecent purposes in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-6-5 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.
Most of the time, enticing a child for indecent purposes is classified as a felony in Georgia. Felony enticing a child for indecent purposes carries the penalty of a prison term between 10 and 30 years.
However, if the victim is between 14 and 16 years old and the person convicted is 18 years or younger and no more than 4 years older than the victim, the offense will be classified as misdemeanor offense. In addition to a prison sentence, the defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.
Obscenity crimes and sex crimes are taken very seriously - especially when children and minors are involved. These crimes are viewed as particularly heinous and cruel.
However - just because these crimes are particularly horrible does not mean they are unlike any other crimes where a person can be improperly accused. It is important to remember that regardless of the crime, the accused person is assumed innocent until proven guilty. The most important to everyone involved is that justice is done by arresting and convicting the right individual.