Flowery Branch, Ga. - The Hall County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect in Flowery Branch this past week after a lengthy child molestation investigation.
The suspect is facing multiple sex charges:
- Aggravated Sodomy in Georgia
- Rape in Georgia
- Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
- Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes in Georgia
He is now in custody at the Hall County Jail.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will cover the law on the offense of aggravated sodomy in the state of Georgia.
Aggravated Sodomy in Georgia
In order to properly explain aggravated sodomy in the state of Georgia, first a closer look at the law behind sodomy in Georgia is necessary.
Sodomy is defined in the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-6-2(a) as:
A person commits the offense of sodomy when he or she performs or submits to any sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.
A person convicted of sodomy will be punished by imprisonment for no less than one year, but more than twenty years. It will be considered a felony conviction. However, if the victim is between 13 and 16 years of age and the person convicted of sodomy is 18 or younger and no more than 4 years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to prison or a fine, a defendant convicted of aggravated sodomy will be required to register as a sex offender.
Aggravated sodomy in Georgia is defined in the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-6-2(b) as:
A person commits the offense of aggravated sodomy when he or she commits sodomy with force and against the will of the other person or when he or she commits sodomy with a person who is less than ten years of age.
A person convicted of aggravated sodomy shall be punished by a life term in prison or by a split sentence that is no less than 25 years and no exceeding life in prison, followed by probation for life. In addition to prison or a fine, a defendant convicted of aggravated sodomy will be required to register as a sex offender.
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