Kennesaw, Ga. - Floyd County authorities have arrested a man who believed he was communicating with a minor. The authorities explained that he has been arrested for five different felony offenses. His charges include:
- Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
- Sexual Exploitation of Children in Georgia
- Enticing a Child in Georgia
- Obscene Internet Contact with a Child in Georgia
- And Furnishing Obscene Materials to a Minor in Georgia.
The arrested man is allegedly local to Kennesaw. He then was accused of driving to Floyd County with the expectation of sexual activity with the minor.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the offenses of both child molestation and aggravated child molestation in today's post. There are important differences between the two offenses that are vital to how a person is charged.
Child Molestation and Aggravated Child Molestation
.Child molestation in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 (a) 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.
Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia is defined in the same statute in part (c) as:
A person commits the offense of aggravated child molestation when such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy.
A person convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation shall be punished by imprisonment for life or by a split sentence that is a term of imprisonment for not less than 25 years and not exceeding life imprisonment.
All counties in the state of Georgia handle sex crimes very harshly. There is a misconception that just because a person has been arrested for a sex crime then they must be guilty. That is not always the case. If you have been arrested call our offices now.