15 year old charged with child molestation

8:57 AM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
(Hall County Sheriff's Office)
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Sheriff's officials have decided to try a Gainesville 15 year old as an adult in a child molestation case.

Daniel Lee Eller is accused of breaking into a house and molesting a 5-year-old girl in her bedroom, according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks.

Investigators said Eller got into the home through an unlocked window at around 5 a.m. on July 30. The victim's mother caught him molesting her daughter, and the girl's father detained Eller until police arrived.

Eller was drunk at the time, Wilbanks said.

Eller was originally tried as a juvenile. At an Aug. 6 court hearing, the juvenile charges were dropped and replaced by adult charges of burglary and aggravated child molestation. Eller is being held without bond in the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center, where he will stay until his next court appearance on Sept. 6, Wilbanks said.

Because Eller is being tried as an adult, investigators released his identity in accordance with Georgia's Open Records Act, according to Wilbanks.

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