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Attorney files motion to move 16-year-old’s sexual battery case to Juvenile Court for sentencing
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Jadyn Young sits in Hall County Superior Court Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, during day one of his child molestation trial. Young was convicted of sexual battery. - photo by Scott Rogers

The attorney for a 16-year-old convicted earlier this month of felony sexual battery filed a motion to have the case moved to Juvenile Court, according to court documents.

Jadyn Young was acquitted Feb. 18 on the most serious charges against him — aggravated child molestation — that could have led to life imprisonment. He was, however, convicted on two lesser charges, sexual battery, in Hall County Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden’s courtroom.

Two days after the verdict, attorney David Hoffer filed a motion to transfer the case.

Citing Georgia law, the Department of Juvenile Justice “shall be authorized to provide for specialized treatment for children adjudicated for delinquent acts involving sexual offenses” in lieu of commitment.

Hoffer said the move to Juvenile Court would allow for certain resources for his client.

“They’ll make sure to get him through school, that kind of stuff. They’ll stress things that are important for a kid,” Hoffer said.

The punishment for sexual battery carries one to five years’ imprisonment. Sentencing for Young will be held at a later date.

If the case is moved, Young’s case will involve a new judge and prosecutor.

The hearing is set for Monday, March 4.

Young was originally charged in two separate indictments involving four separate alleged victims.

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