According to reports out of Clayton County, a man who is a registered with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry has been arrested after cameras recorded him inappropriately touching himself on the porch of a private residence.
The man was arrested this past weekend on charges of peeping tom and public indecency in Georgia.
Investigators reported that he has previously served time for child molestation. As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, it is important for me to mention that just because a person has a criminal record or a history of convictions does not mean that he or she is guilty of committing another offense.
In today's post, I will outline the law behind the Peeping Tom Act in Georgia and what specific actions constitute a violation of that act.
Peeping Tom in Georgia
Peeping Tom in Georgia is defined by law as a person who peeps through windows or doors, on or near another's premises for the purpose of spying or invading someone else's privacy.
The Georgia Code states in O.C.G.A. §16-11-60 that a person violates the peeping tom statute when they go about or upon the premises of another for the purpose of being a peeping tom. Specific intent is necessary to be guilty of committing the crime of being a peeping tom.
In order to be convicted of being a peeping tom in Georgia, the prosecution must demonstrate that the suspect is guilty beyond a reasonable showing. This can only be done by proving that the accused had the specific intent to do the crime and acted with that intent as well.
To be convicted of a peeping tom in Georgia, the State must demonstrate that the suspect is guilty beyond a reasonable showing. This involves proving that the accused had the specific intent to do the crime and acted with that intent as well.
Georgia Sex Crimes are highly stigmatized. The majority of the time if someone is accused of committing a sex crime, they are presumed guilty.
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