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Child sexual exploitation and child pornography are serious crimes in Georgia which lead to incarceration, fines, restitution, and registering as a sex offender.
Child Exploitation Law in Georgia
In summary, any type of conduct that is related to providing , receiving or participating in sexual interaction with, or gratification from, sexual actsinvolving children is considered sexual exploitation of a minor. This can be direct or indirect, physical, verbal, visual interaction. Common types of sexual exploitation acts include:
- Producing, distributing or possessing child pornography
- Accessing, storing or distributing online child pornography
- A variety of socially unacceptable sexual interactions with children
Related child sexual crimes involve molestation, prostitution, assault, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, enticement for indecent purposes, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Sexual Exploitation of Children OCGA 16-12-100
Sexual exploitation of children; reporting violation; forfeiture; penalties
- (a) As used in this Code section, the term:
- (1) "Minor" means any person under the age of 18 years.
- (2) "Performance" means any play, dance, or exhibit to be shown to or viewed by an audience.
- (3) "Producing" means producing, directing, manufacturing, issuing, or publishing.
- (4) "Sexually explicit conduct" means actual or simulated:
- (A) Sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex;
- (B) Bestiality;
- (C) Masturbation;
- (D) Lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person;
- (E) Flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude;
- (F) Condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of a person who is nude;
- (G) Physical contact in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification with any person's unclothed genitals, pubic area, or buttocks or with a female's nude breasts;
- (H) Defecation or urination for the purpose of sexual stimulation of the viewer; or
- (I) Penetration of the vagina or rectum by any object except when done as part of a recognized medical procedure.
- (5) "Visual medium" means any film, photograph, negative, slide, magazine, or other visual medium.
- (b)(1) 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.
- (2) 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.
- (3) 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.
- (4) 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.
- (5) 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.
- (6) 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.
- (7) 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.
- (8) 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.
- (c) A person who, in the course of processing or producing visual or printed matter either privately or commercially, has reasonable cause to believe that the visual or printed matter submitted for processing or producing depicts a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct shall immediately report such incident, or cause a report to be made, to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or the law enforcement agency for the county in which such matter is submitted. Any person participating in the making of a report or causing a report to be made pursuant to this subsection or participating in any judicial proceeding or any other proceeding resulting therefrom shall in so doing be immune from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed, providing such participation pursuant to this subsection is made in good faith.
- (d) The provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section shall not apply to the activities of law enforcement and prosecution agencies in the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses or to legitimate medical, scientific, or educational activities.
- (e)(1) A person who is convicted of an offense under this Code section shall forfeit to the State of Georgia such interest as the person may have in:
- (A) Any property constituting or directly derived from gross profits or other proceeds obtained from such offense; and
- (B) Any property used, or intended to be used, to commit such offense.
- (2) In any action under this Code section, the court may enter such restraining orders or take other appropriate action, including acceptance of performance bonds, in connection with any interest that is subject to forfeiture.
- (3) The court shall order forfeiture of property referred to in paragraph (1) of this subsection if the trier of fact determines, beyond a reasonable doubt, that such property is subject to forfeiture.
- (4) The provisions of subsection (u) of Code Section 16-13-49 shall apply for the disposition of any property forfeited under this subsection. In any disposition of property under this subsection, a convicted person shall not be permitted to acquire property forfeited by such person.
- (f)(1) The following property shall be subject to forfeiture to the State of Georgia:
- (A) Any material or equipment used, or intended for use, in producing, reproducing, transporting, shipping, or receiving any visual medium in violation of this Code section;
- (B) Any visual medium produced, transported, shipped, or received in violation of this Code section, or any material containing such depiction; provided, however, that any such property so forfeited shall be destroyed by the appropriate law enforcement agency after it is no longer needed in any court proceedings; or
- (C) Any property constituting or directly derived from gross profits or other proceeds obtained from a violation of this Code section;
- except that no property of any owner shall be forfeited under this paragraph, to the extent of the interest of such owner, by reason of an act or omission established by such owner to have been committed or omitted without knowledge or consent of such owner.
- (2) The procedure for forfeiture and disposition of forfeited property under this subsection shall be as provided for forfeitures under Code Section 16-13-49.
- (g)(1) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, any person who violates a provision of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 20 years and by a fine of not more than $100,000.00. In the event, however, that the person so convicted is a member of the immediate family of the victim, no fine shall be imposed.
- (2) Any person who violates subsection (c) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
In Georgia, child pornography cases fall under laws regarding the sexual exploitation of children. These laws make it illegal to knowingly possess, produce, or distribute any indecent material that depicts a minor, or any part of a minor's body, engaged in a sexually explicit manner.
Sentences and Punishments
Conviction in Georgia for child sexual exploitation and/or child pornography brings serious consequences. Among the punishments a person can expect are incarceration in prison, heavy fines, mandatory counseling, mandatory registration as a State Registered Sex Offender, and certain forms of victim restitution.
Child Pornography and Exploitation Lawyer in Cherokee County GA
If you need help with child pornography or exploitation charges in Georgia you need to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Any criminal charges can be devastating to your finances, personal relationships, and ability to get a job. Contact a child porography and exploitation lawyer online or call 770-956-1400.