Guilty verdict in child molestation case
by Shaka S. Lias
Dec 16, 2010 | 2758 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In less than two hours Wednesday, a jury found a man guilty of molesting a relative.

As his mother broke down in tears, Stephen Julius Toth, 33, was led away in handcuffs shortly after the guilty verdict.

Toth's trial began Monday morning with testimony from the victim who said that on numerous occasions she was touched on her breasts and private areas by Toth. According to the victim, the molestation began when she was just 4 or 5 years old in Savannah and continued when her family relocated to Cartersville. The molestation continued on a regular basis from January 2007 until January 2009.

The victim testified that she felt "awkward" whenever she was awakened and taken to the living room where Toth proceeded molested her.

Throughout the two and a half day trial the jury heard testimony from a friend of the victim who convinced her to tell their teacher of the abuse after watching a video on sexual molestation in school. They also heard from a child advocacy counselor, school counselor and watched the video of the victim as she recounted the details of the molestation to the advocacy counselor.

Toth will be sentenced later pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Tim Kimble, attorney for Toth, said child molestation cases are hard to deal with. "Thought I did the best I could, but the jury felt otherwise," he said.