Hall County sex offender charged with molesting girl in Danielsville

A 19-year-old sex offender from Hall County remains in the Madison County Jail without bond following his arrest Sunday on charges of molesting an 11-year-old girl.

John Vincent Priest is charged with aggravated sexual battery and two counts of child molestation, Madison County Sheriff’s Lt. Jimmy Patton said Tuesday.

Priest was a juvenile convicted of a sex crime but tried as an adult in Jackson County and sentenced to prison, Patton said. He was released from a youthful detention center in April at which time he took up residence in Hall County, where he registered as a sex offender.

He was visiting a home in the Danielsville area on Sunday when the assault occurred, Patton said.

“We have statements from the victim and a statement from the offender that led to his arrest,” he said. The parents notified law enforcement after learning about the assault, Patton said.