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November 10, 2015 Court of Appeals Limits Ability to Deviate from Mandatory Minimums

The defendant was convicted of one count of child molestation and one count of sexual exploitation of children. At sentencing, the…

November 3, 2015 Georgia Court of Appeals Sustains Demurrer in Molestation Case

The defendant filed a special demurrer to quash the indictment on the grounds that the State failed to sufficiently narrow…

October 22, 2015 Despite Issues at Trial Court Finds Child Hearsay Statements Admissible

The defendant was convicted of aggravated child molestation following an alleged incident involving his girlfriend’s 4 year-old niece. The child…

October 19, 2015 Circuits Split on Whether Warrant is Required for Cell Tower Records

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that cell phone users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their “cell-site…

October 12, 2015 Consent Element Must Now be Proven in Child Sexual Battery Cases

Sexual battery is defined as intentional physical contact with the “intimate parts” of another person without consent. Intimate parts generally…

October 5, 2015 Supreme Court Tosses Search Warrant in Child Pornography Case

FBI agents received information from German authorities that a certain IP address had been used to access a child pornography…

October 1, 2015 Court Reverses Sexual Battery Conviction on Erroneous Jury Charge

The defendant was indicted for the offense of aggravated sexual battery. The indictment charged him with inserting his finger into…

September 22, 2015 Molestation Conviction Reversed Due to Admission of Unlawful Recording

The defendant was convicted of child molestation and aggravated child molestation following allegations made by his 15 year-old stepdaughter. During…

September 19, 2015 Court Finds Child Pornography Indictment to be Legally Sufficient

Moreover, the Court held that the indictment was not required to identify the names of the particular child pornography files…

August 20, 2015 Court Holds Evidence of Defendant’s Propensity is now Admissible

The defendant was charged with child molestation following an incident with an 11 year-old relative with whom he lived temporarily….

August 13, 2015 Court Finds Indictment Sufficient in Internet Sex Sting Case

The Court further found that a conviction for violating the Act was not void despite the fact that the jury…

August 5, 2015 Court Reiterates Definition of ‘Solicit’ in Child Exploitation Case

Using a website called Motherless.com, the defendant contacted a person he believed to be a 39 year-old single mother who…

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