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Gainesville man found guilty of child molestation

POSTED: April 23, 2013 11:58 a.m.

A Gainesville man was found guilty by a jury Tuesday on all but one of more than 20 counts in a child sexual abuse trial.

Christopher Thomas Ray, 31, was convicted on seven counts of aggravated child molestation, six counts of child molestation, one count of possession of Lorazapam (a tranquilizer) with intent to distribute, one count of attempting to violate the Georgia controlled substances act and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Ray, who was represented by Brett Willis and Megan Hughes from the public defender’s office, has been on trial since April 8.

He was found not guilty on one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes, a charge that stemmed from a missing child report in August 2010. The report of the 10-year-old victim missing from his Gwinnett County home launched a search and initiated the investigation into the molestation by law enforcement.

During the trial, the state presented evidence from witnesses including forensic interviewers and law enforcement and testimony from the two victims, now ages 13 and 15.

Representing the state were Assistant District Attorneys Wanda Vance and Kelley Robertson.

Vance said a date for Ray’s sentencing has not yet been set.

By Georgia code, the aggravated child molestation charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, and up to a maximum of life in prison.

Presiding Judge Bonnie Oliver will sentence Ray on the charges in Hall County Superior Court.


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