Barry Gant, 49, of Athens, has been found not guilty on both counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 12 following a trial this week in Limestone County Circuit Court.
The six man, six woman jury reached a verdict about 10:25 a.m. Friday morning after deliberating a total of six hours beginning Thursday afternoon.
Gant did not immediately return a telephone call for comment Friday.
Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said after the verdict, "While I am disappointed with their verdict, I would like to thank the jury for their hard work and attention in this case. I want to applaud the courage of these victims and the strength of their family for never wavering in their determination to seek justice.I try the difficult cases and I am not going to win every one. I will continue to fight for the victims of crime in Limestone County and I will not let this verdict diminish my determination."
A lack of physical evidence, inconsistencies in when the eldest child told her father about the alleged abuse and the audiotaped interview of the victim on the day of the alleged abuse were factors in the jury's decision to acquit, Jones said.