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Forsyth County man indicted for child molestation, sexual battery
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Ariel Sarmiento-Naranjo

A Forsyth County man who was arrested in April on multiple charges of rape and sexual battery of children was indicted last week in the Superior Criminal Court of Forsyth County.

Ariel Sarmiento-Naranjo, 42, of Gainesville has now been formally charged with multiple counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, rape and incest by the Forsyth County Superior Court, according to indictment documents. 

Sarmiento-Naranjo was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at a residence on Wits End Drive in northeast Forsyth on Tuesday, April 23.

Indictment documents allege that in late 2018 and early 2019, Sarmiento-Naranjo, “did commit an immoral and indecent act” against a child under the age of 16. 

Sarmiento-Naranjo is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond. 

This case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Moore. 

Other Forsyth County Superior Court indictments for October include:

• Wesley Alan Burgess has been charged with rape, aggravated sexual battery and making a false statement. Indictment documents allege that on July 31, 2018, Burgess “did have carnal knowledge” of an individual “forcibly and against her will.”

• Sebastien Doodly Pierre has been charged with terroristic threats and possession of marijuana. Indictment documents allege that on Sept. 28, 2018, Pierre threatened to murder another individual.

• Ryan Edwin Duncan has been charged with two counts of theft by conversion. Indictment documents allege that between March and April of 2017, Duncan lawfully obtained $25,000 under an agreement to build a pool and “did knowingly convert said funds to his own use.” 

• Joseph Anthony Campanelli has been charged with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of children. Indictment documents allege that on Jan. 11, 2018, Campanelli “did knowingly possess” seven images and four videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit acts. 

• George Constantine Rithianos has been charged with stalking and aggravated stalking. Indictment documents allege that between October and December of 2018, Rithianos contacted an individual “for the purpose of harassing and intimidating said person,” monitoring that individual’s whereabouts via GPS tracker and sending that individual a “glitter bomb” through the mail, in violation of a temporary protective order.