The Aiken Standard reports that an Evans, Ga., man was arrested on charges that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl he met on the internet to meet him for sex. According to South Carolina’s attorney general, the man was arrested on February 18, 2010 during an Internet predator investigation conducted by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. The man was cited with criminal solicitation of a minor, which is a felony offense that can lead to up to 10 years of jail time.
The arrest warrant indicates that beginning in mid-January, 2010 the man used MySpace to make arrangements to meet with a person identifying herself as a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of a sexual tryst. The situation was turned over to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office before any encounter took place. A subsequent inquiry to MySpace provided information which lead to the suspect. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the man’s home and deputies removed three computers.
For many people, the Internet has become an integral part of life, and it’s easy to overlook the fact that it is still a relatively new phenomenon. The laws regarding Internet sex crimes are also rather new. Often, people who are using the Internet are not aware that they are committing a crime.
Each year there are countless cases of individuals accused of and charged with criminal sexual acts in Georgia. In each situation, it is very important that you secure the representation of a skilled Georgia sex crime defense attorney who will be able to utilize evidence to show your good character.