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March 14, 2014

Chatsworth man awaits child molestation sentence

A Chatsworth man convicted of child molestation faces a sentencing date in Murray County Superior Court before Judge David Blevins on March 26.

State law provides for a sentence of between five and 20 years in prison for a first child molestation conviction.

Daniel Gene Rymer, now 40, was charged by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office in November 2011 with acts in 2010 that officials said involved inappropriately touching a young girl and having her inappropriately touch him.

Records show the jury found Rymer guilty of touching the girl but found him not guilty on a second child molestation charge involving having the girl touch him.

Defense attorney Mike Corbin said an aggravated sexual battery charge against Rymer was also dismissed before the jury had a chance to consider it. Corbin said Rymer has been open with him, has no other felonies on his record, and Corbin believes Rymer is innocent.

“I just felt there was enough evidence to support the acquittal, but the jury has spoken and I respect their decision,” Corbin said.

A message left for District Attorney Bert Poston wasn’t immediately returned.

Blevins is scheduled to conduct a pre-sentence investigation to inform his decision on how to sentence Rymer.

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