A Gainesville man was acquitted on all counts Wednesday, Nov. 13, in a child molestation case after a trial lasting more than a week.
Russell Spangler Lowry was found not guilty on all six counts, including aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and child molestation.
“This was a long and difficult trial for everyone involved. The jury had a lot to consider. We are thankful for their hard work and attention to detail. Today the right decision was reached and Russell Lowry was exonerated of all charges. I am glad his lifelong, good reputation remains intact,” defense attorney Clint Teston said in a statement.
Jury selection began Nov. 4, and the case went to the jury for deliberations 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. The jurors returned after noon that day with the verdict.
“His character really pulled him through this thing,” Teston said.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office charged Lowry in October 2017 regarding allegations from 2014 to 2016. He was accused of having “repeated sexual contact with a minor child” for two years, according to authorities.
Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh declined to comment Wednesday, Nov. 13.