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Authorities: Gainesville man charged with molesting 10-year-old girl
Matthew Matias Silva 2018
Matthew Matias Silva

A Gainesville man is accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl over a two-year period, according to authorities.

Matthew Matias Silva, 41, was charged with child molestation and felony sexual battery. He was booked Tuesday, May 8, in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Silva allegedly molested the girl at a Hall County residence between January 2016 and April 2018.

“The family of the victim became aware of the abuse and reported it to (the Hall County Sheriff’s Office),” Lt. Scott Ware said.

Ware said the girl was 12 years old when the alleged molestation was reported to law enforcement. The girl and Silva were previously acquainted.

Investigators took out warrants for Silva on Monday, May 7.

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