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Suspect Arrested for Child Pornography After Tip From Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to reports out of Coweta County, a 36-year-old man was arrested last week after an anonymous tip as well as a cyber tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation came through to local authorities.

Police got a warrant and searched the suspects home. They discovered multiple images and videos of child pornography. They also reported finding the man in possession of methamphetamine in Georgia.

As a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney, I will outline the most concerning charges the man is facing which is ten counts of child sexual exploitation in Georgia.

Child Sexual Exploitation in Georgia

Child sexual exploitation is defined in the statute, O.C.G.A. §16-12-100, by outlining the different ways that someone can commit the offense. These different actions include:

  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, or coerce any minor to engage in or assist any other person to engage in any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual medium depicting such conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor knowingly to permit the minor to engage in or to assist any other person to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual medium depicting such conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, or coerce any minor to engage in or assist any other person to engage in any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of any performance.
  • It is unlawful for any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor knowingly to permit the minor to engage in or to assist any other person to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of any performance.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to create, reproduce, publish, promote, sell, distribute, give, exhibit, or possess with intent to sell or distribute any visual medium which depicts a minor or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to advertise, sell, purchase, barter, or exchange any medium, which provides information as to where any visual medium, which depicts a minor, or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct can be found or purchased.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to bring or cause to be brought into this state any material, which depicts a minor, or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct.
  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly to possess or control any material, which depicts a minor, or a portion of a minor's body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted of violating O.C.G.A. §16-12-100, then the convicted person is guilty of a felony offense in Georgia.  The punishment will include a prison term between five and twenty years and a fine up to $100,000.

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