Man, 27, convicted of battery involving child


Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.

A jury found a Gainesville man guilty Thursday of attempted capital sexual battery involving a child, the State Attorney's Office reported.

David Ray Snyder, 27, is set to be sentenced Sept. 9 for the conviction, which came after two hours of deliberation in the two-day trial, State Attorney spokesman Darry Lloyd said.

Snyder was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in July 2012 for sexual contact two years earlier with a child who was then 5 years old.

When the girl was interviewed by a worker at the Child Advocacy Center, which the Sheriff's Office uses to help with interviews of young victims, she described the incident in detail. She also said Snyder told her he would give her $1.

When Snyder was given a polygraph exam, authorities said, he acknowledged molesting the child, but he denied giving her $1.

Snyder does not have any previous charges of sexual assaults or issues with minors, according to sheriff's records.

Assistant State Attorney Deborah Hunt, who prosecuted the case, in a press release credited ACSO detectives Drew Moore and Sgt. Tom Witherington with the successful prosecution of the case.

Lloyd noted that several men have been found guilty by juries of child sex crimes in recent weeks.

"They are getting convictions on these guys who are preying on kids," Lloyd said. "The attorneys are doing good work. It is difficult to get convictions because the parents will move and take the kid with them or you don't have any witnesses — it's typically a child's word versus an adult. Those things make it real difficult for convictions."

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