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Man found not guilty of rape, child molestation
Jose Aguilar
Aguilar

A Gainesville man was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon on most of the counts against him involving his relationship with a young girl.

Jose Luis Aguilar, 42, was acquitted on four counts of rape, two counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and seven counts each of incest and child molestation.

He was found guilty of cruelty to a child in the first degree, and two counts of sexual battery, which is a felony because of the victim’s age, carrying prison sentences of one to five years.

The cruelty to a child in the first degree conviction carries a minimum five-year sentence and maximum 20-year sentence.

A Hall County jury returned the verdict Wednesday afternoon after about seven hours of deliberation.

Judge Andrew Fuller will sentence Aguilar. A sentencing date has not been set, Aguilar’s attorney Travis Williams said.

Williams said that with probation, Aguilar could serve as little as one year in jail, and a maximum of 25 years.

If Aguilar had been convicted on all charges, Williams said, he may have served life in prison.

Both Williams and co-counselor Clint Teston are attorneys with the Hall County Public Defender’s Office. Prosecuting the case was Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Burton.

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