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Gainesville man accused of inappropriately touching girl
Richard Tony Hewell
Richard Tony Hewell

A Gainesville man is accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl, according to authorities.

Richard Tony Hewell, 53, was charged with aggravated sexual battery. He was booked Sunday, July 1, in to the Hall County Jail.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said investigators determined June 10 “Hewell inappropriately touched” the girl’s genitals at a residence in the county.

“The incident was reported to law enforcement by an adult the victim knows,” Booth said. “Hewell and the victim were known to one another.”

Defense attorney Nicki Vaughan declined to comment.