The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 28, 2013

Trial this week in sex-abuse of girl, 5


jean@athensnews-courier.com

— Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a man accused of trying to fondle the daughter of a family friend in 2009.

Barry Mitchell Gant, 49, of 25689 Nick Davis Road in Athens, was charged five years ago in January with sexual abuse of a child under age 12, a Class B felony, records show.

The alleged victim, who was 5 at the time, told her parents she was molested by a family friend who had been visiting.