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Pendegrass man accused of molesting girl for 5 years
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A Pendegrass man is accused of molesting a girl over a period of more than five years.

Eleazar Mata, 41, is being held in the Hall County Jail pending his first appearance in court at 2 p.m. today.

Authorities say Mata “engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor female” between January 2012 and April 2017.

Mata is charged with child molestation and aggravated child molestation, according to a statement from Lt. Scott Ware, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Mata was booked into the jail just before 9 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records. Ware said the Sheriff’s Office has had a warrant for Mata’ arrest since May 10. He also has a hold placed on him by another county.

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, according to Ware.