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Man given 30 years behind bars in child molestation case
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Lawrence Ryan Chisolm

A Gainesville man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years behind bars in an aggravated child molestation case, according to court officials.

Lawrence Ryan Chisolm, 39, was convicted following a trial this week in Hall County Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden’s courtroom.

The jury deliberated for roughly an hour before convicting Chisolm of aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation involving a 14-year-old boy.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office arrested Chisolm in January last year.

“The victim and Chisolm were acquainted. The molestation was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by family members of the victim,” Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times.

Bearden imposed a life sentence, with the first 30 years to be served in confinement. The rest may be served on probation.

“Child molestation is not to be tolerated in our circuit,” Northeast Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh wrote in an email. “My hat’s off to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s team involved in this case for holding this perpetrator accountable for his actions.  Hopefully, his young victim can find some solace in what the jury did here today as he continues his recovery.”