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Teen acquitted on most serious charges in child molestation trial
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Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva questions Jadyn Young during the second day of Young's child molestation trial in Hall County Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

A Hall County jury acquitted a 16-year-old Monday on the most serious charges against him that could have led to life imprisonment. He was, however, convicted on two less serious charges.

The jury acquitted Jadyn Young on all four aggravated child molestation counts. On two of those counts, the jury found Young guilty of sexual battery instead.

If the jury was unable to reach a decision on the aggravated child molestation count or found Young not guilty, the jurors were asked to consider the lesser offense of sexual battery.

The sexual battery counts are felonies, and the punishment carries one to five years’ imprisonment.

“Seeing that it was not guilty on the aggravated (child molestation counts) was the most important. That’s what we were mainly shooting for. We knew that they would probably compromise on a few things,” defense attorney David Hoffer said following the reading of the verdict.

Young was charged in two separate indictments involving four separate alleged victims, and the indictments allege the sex acts occurred in April 2017 and February 2018.

Sentencing will be held on a later date.

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