A 19-year-old man was given four years in various forms of confinement in a child molestation plea, as some charges were dismissed, according to court documents.
Miguel Juan Sebastian took a non-negotiated plea Monday on child molestation, and he was given a 15-year sentence. The first 48 months will be in confinement, and the rest can be on probation.
As a result of the plea, the charges of rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes were dismissed, and the statutory rape charge merged as part of sentencing.
The June 2018 indictment alleged a sexual act involving Sebastian and a 12-year-old girl in May 2017.
Sebastian and the victim were acquainted, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim reported it to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
According to court documents, the first year of the sentence will be served in the Hall County Correctional Institute. The following two years will be in the Hall County work release program, and the final year will be on house arrest, according to court documents.
Sebastian also is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 except for his biological child.
“From the get-go, he denied any sort of forcible rape or doing anything against the will of this young girl,” attorney Kyle Jarzmik said.
According to court officials, he received a “downward departure,” or a sentence below any mandatory minimum, because of certain mitigating circumstances.
These included not harming or transporting the victim and the lack of a weapon or physical restraint.