Enticing a Minor Has a Broad Definition, Comes with Serious Penalties in Georgia
In 2010, the Georgia state legislature passed and the governor signed into law a bill that redefined a variety of sexual offenses. One of those crimes is known as enticing a child for indecent purposes, which comes with some tough penalties for those convicted.
Per state law, an individual may be guilty of this offense if the person solicits, entices or transports someone under 16 years of age with the intent to molest or engage in sexual activity with that person. Individuals convicted of the crime may face 10 to 30 years in prison, along with fines, probation and other penalties.
Some notable exceptions apply to cases in which the victim is between the ages of 14 and 16 and the offender is also under 18. As long as the offender is no more than four years older than the victim, the charge will be a misdemeanor and the offender will not be subject to the same penalties as those listed above.
Burden of proof in cases of enticing a child for indecent purposes
To convict someone of enticing a child for indecent purposes, the state must provide evidence that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The state must also demonstrate that the suspect took such actions to entice a child and that there was an indecent purpose behind those actions.
For further guidance on this difficult issue, consult a dedicated criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash. Call us at 770.422.0878 or contact us online.