A veteran DeKalb County police officer has been charged with child molestation after police said he showed pornography to a 13-year-old girl and tried to undress her. The 49-year-old man resigned his position with the police department after 18 years on the job. Police said he admitted to the charges, but the man's attorney disputed that, saying the man has not confessed.
Sex crimes against children are viewed as particularly heinous under Georgia law. A person convicted of a first offense of child molestation is subject to no less than five years in prison and no more than 20 years on the sex crime charge. If, however, the victim of sexual molestation is between 14 and 16 years of age and the defendant is 18 or younger and not more than four years older than the victim, the person is only guilty of a misdemeanor.