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.