Charles Walker is currently waiting to be extradited to Ohio on more charges after his arrest in Clayton County. Walker was arrested in Clayton County during an allegedly pimping and prostitution sting this past week.
According to reports out of Ohio, Walker is wanted on charges of domestic violence, stalking, rape, and kidnapping in Georgia.
A sting operation is an operation designed to catch a person committing a crime - deceptive measures can sometimes be utilized. Usually sting operations in Georgia focus on either sex crimes or drug offenses in Georgia.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the criminal offense of rape as well as the law and consequences behind it. Most people use the terms rape and statutory rape in Georgia interchangeably. This is far from correct. The crime of statutory rape occurs when a person engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and not his or her spouse, provided that no conviction shall be had for this offense on the unsupported testimony of the victim.
As you will see in today's post this is very different from the law behind rape.
Rape in Georgia
According to the Georgia Code, rape in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-6-1 as:
(a) A person commits the offense of rape when he has carnal knowledge of:
(1) A female forcibly and against her will; or
(2) A female who is less than ten years of age.
Carnal knowledge in rape occurs when there is any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ. The fact that the person allegedly raped is the wife of the defendant is not a defense to a charge of rape.
Rape is classified as a felony. If a defendant is convicted of rape by taking their case to trial, they can face either the death penalty, life in prison without parole, or a statutory minimum of 25 years in prison followed by lifetime probation.
In addition to prison, fines, or both, a person over 21 years of age that is convicted of rape must register as a sex offender with the state of Georgia on the Georgia Sex Registry.
Unfortunately, even being charged with a sex crime results in the ruining of a person's life. This is unfortunate because not everyone is accused of committing a crime - even a sex crime - is guilty of committing that crime. An arrest is no the same thing as guilt.
The penalties that result from a sex crime conviction are even more destructive for a person. Being a registered sex offender can severely curtail job opportunities and even limit the areas in which you are allowed to live. If you or a loved one has bene accused of committing one of the many Sex Crimes in Georgia, contact our offices today.
A Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney can help you today.