A Reklaw man was found guilty of a January 2009 charge of aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

A sentencing date has not been set for John Hinds, 26, said Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer Beckworth.

“The defense will have a chance to present evidence and the judge will decide on an appropriate sentence,” he said.

Hinds stayed the night over at the victim's home and was considered part of the family, Beckworth said.  

Hinds and the victim slept on two separate couches in the living room when the victim was assaulted during the night.

Beckworth said he was pleased with the jury's decision.

“I think the jury followed the law and reached a just verdict based on the evidence,” he said.

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