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Gillsville man charged with rape was charged last year with child molestation

Updated, Aug. 13: 

A Gillsville man who is behind bars and charged with rape was also charged in 2019 with child molestation, records show.  

Jacob Matthias Young III, 42, was arrested Friday, Aug. 7, and charged with rape in connection with an incident several years ago, an allegation a family member reported to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office last month, according to authorities. 

Sheriff's Office spokesman Derreck Booth said investigators believe Young raped the girl between Oct. 1, 2015, and Nov. 29, 2016, at a Gainesville residence. 

Defense attorney David Hoffer declined to comment. 

Booth said the girl recently disclosed the alleged sexual assault to a family member, who in turn reported it to the Sheriff’s Office July 9. 

Young was booked into the Hall County Jail Friday, where he remains without a bond. 

Booth said investigators anticipate there will be more charges in the case. He did not disclose the girl’s age or further details on the investigation. 

Young also faces charges of child molestation, stemming from an incident police say took place in October 2018. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times Young was accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy at a Hall County residence. 

Young’s defense attorney Jeff Talley told The Times at the time of his client’s arrest that Young passed an independent polygraph exam “that said he didn’t do anything.” 

No additional charges had been added in either case as of Wednesday, Aug. 12. 

Booth said he was unaware of where the child molestation case is in term of prosecution. The case was not listed on the Hall County court docket database. 

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