ATHENS, Ga. — A former Georgia police officer has been convicted of child molestation.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Kristin Matthew Ward was found guilty of child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and violating his oath as a police officer on Friday, but was acquitted of aggravated sexual battery and two other counts.

Ward was a 27-year-old Athens-Clarke County officer when he was arrested in 2015 after someone accused him of an assault that took place between September 2010 and November 2011. Police say the victim was a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol unit when Ward was both an officer and commander of the air patrol unit.

Three different minors made allegations against Ward. His attorney, Mo Wiltshire, said Ward maintains his innocence.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set.


Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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