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Teenager Arrested for Costly Vandalism of Cumming Church

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cumming City Hall

Cumming, Ga. - A local church in Cumming has suffered what has been estimated to be close to $100,000 in damage.

Forsyth County officers arrested a 19-year-old man in connection to the vandalism. As of right now, the investigation has led authorities to believe that the vandalism occurred early Monday morning around 2 AM. A deputy was patrolling the parking lot after spotting some suspicious activity inside trailers on the property. This led to a brief foot chase between officers and the young man. It resulted in his arrest.

The man is facing three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the incident. His charges include:

In today's post, I will outline the offense of vandalism of a place of worship. This particular crime is not often heard of - the law behind it is also not well-known. Read below.

Vandalism to a Place of Worship in Georgia

Vandalism to a Place of Worship in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-7-26 as:

A person commits vandalizing a place of worship when they maliciously deface or desecrate a church, synagogue, or other place of public religious worship.

The most important part of this law is the term “maliciously.” For most property crimes, there is no type of specific intent element to the laws. However, here, the act of vandalism must be made maliciously. Evidence of any type of mistake or misunderstanding could serve as one of the Georgia Criminal Defenses to the case.

Vandalism to a place of worship is classified as a felony offense in Georgia. Georgia Felony Punishments are serious and life-altering. If convicted of vandalism to a place of worship, then the penalty can include anywhere from one to five years of imprisonment.

Practice Note

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Richard Lawson

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