Lawrenceville, Ga. - Police are searching for a local teenager in Lawrenceville after he has been accused of forcing an entry into a residence and assaulting another teenager.
The incident happened at the end of last month in Gwinnett County. The teenager broke into the residence through a window on the side of the home. The boy then went into the bedroom of a 17-year-old girl's room and sexually groped her. The girl reported that she screamed and scratched him until he got off of her and fled from the house.
The girl has no idea who the teenage boy was. Officers and investigators are still trying to identify him from the surveillance videos on the screened in porch. Anyone with any information has been asked to come forward.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the offense of sexual battery. Most of the time when news outlets cover offenses involving sexual battery, they mistakenly refer to the act as sexual assault. See the law below.
Sexual Battery in Georgia
Sexual Battery in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-6-22 as:
A person commits the offense of sexual battery when he or she intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person.
By law, intimate body parts include the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks of a male or female and the breasts of a female.
A person convicted of the offense of sexual battery shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. This means that if convicted of sexual battery, a person is facing up to 12 months in jail and fines up to $5,000.
The reality faced by anyone accused of committing a criminal offense is that he or she may not be guilty of the accusation.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, call our offices now. A Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can help you now.