COURT: Child sex crimes defendant should face misdemeanors under Romeo and Juliet law, attorney says

COURT: Child sex crimes defendant should face misdemeanors under Romeo and Juliet law, attorney says
Ian Godfrey, charged with multiple child sex crimes (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A Columbus 18-year-old has waived his right to make an initial court appearance after being charged with multiple child sex crimes.

Court testimony reveals that Ian Michael Godfrey was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after alleged sexual encounters with a 13-year-old female, but his defense attorney is arguing that he should be charged with misdemeanors.

Godfrey is being charged with:

  • Enticing a child for indecent purposes
  • Sodomy
  • Statutory rape
  • Child molestation

Investigators say they were made aware of two videos floating around a middle school. One showed two individuals having sexual intercourse in a shed and the second shows the same two individuals and depicts the victim performing sodomy on Godfrey, who was 17 at the time of the occurrences.

Godfrey’s attorney is arguing that the Romeo and Juliet law should apply to this matter.

The Romeo and Juliet law states that in Georgia, if the victim is between the ages of 14 and 16 and the defendant is 18, or no more than four years older than the victim, he or she will only face misdemeanor charges.

The judge made no determination on the Romeo and Juliet law, but did give Godfrey a bond of approximately $36,000 collectively on all four charges. His case has been bound over to Superior Court.

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