A Pendergrass man was acquitted of the most serious charge against him but convicted on three others in a child molestation case, according to court documents.
Eleazar Mata was found not guilty of aggravated child molestation Thursday, Sept. 27, by a Hall County jury. He was, however, convicted on charges of child molestation, statutory rape and second-degree child cruelty.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in August 2017 Mata allegedly had a sexual relationship with an underage girl for five years between January 2012 and April 2017. The girl was age 13 when the relationship started, Lt. Scott Ware said at the time.
The dates listed in the December indictment fall mostly in 2014 except for the harassing communications charge, where Mata was accused of texting the girl repeatedly in April 2017. The jury found Mata not guilty on the harassing communications charge.
Citing the pending sentencing hearing, Mata’s attorney Kim Stephens declined to comment on the case.
Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.