A Gainesville man took a plea deal Tuesday, April 2 in a sexual assault case involving a then 12-year-old girl, according to court records.
Timothy Lucas Rink, 19, pleaded guilty to an amended count of child molestation. Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden sentenced him to 20 years, with the first half behind bars.
After the first 10 years, the rest may be served on probation.
Rink was originally charged with child molestation in January 2018, when he was accused of molesting a girl the previous September.
He was then indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual battery in March 2018, accused of a sex act between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2017.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware told The Times Rink and the girl were previously acquainted with one another.
Rink will be subject to the special sex offender conditions of probation.
“As an added special condition of probation, the defendant shall complete an evaluation at the Highlands Institute within the first two years on probation and complete any required treatment,” according to the sentencing documents.