Peachtree City, Ga. – According to reports, a woman in Peachtree City has been arrested on the charge of child molestation.
Investigators and authorities have reported that additional charges are expected. They have stated that the incidents began in 2019 with the same victim. No other details have been released; however, the woman has been denied bond and is currently in the Fayette County Jail.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will outline the law behind the crime of child molestation in the state of Georgia and what actions constitute child molestation. See below.
Child Molestation in Georgia
O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 (a) defines the crime of child molestation in Georgia 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.
A person convicted of child molestation will be guilty of a felony. For a first child molestation conviction, the accused will face a sentence of five to twenty years in prison. In addition, the Department of Corrections will provide counseling to the defendant.
Furthermore, if a person has been convicted of child molestation, then he or she will also be required to register as a sex offender. This registration with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry is mandatory.
Our lawyers have had a lot of experience with charges of this nature and can help you or a loved one if you have been accused of any of the numerous sex crimes in Georgia. The sooner you contact an attorney if you believe you are facing charges or are being investigated, the better they are able to assist you and prepare your defense.
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