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June 14--  A Toombs County jury deliberated for nearly two-and-a-half hours Thursday and ended a four-day trial with not guilty verdicts on eight counts of child related sexual molestation charges against 38-year Marc Bamberg of Vidalia.

bambergHe had been indicted for sex with a girl under age 16 and a boy under age ten and faced charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. 

Bamberg's defense attorney, Mitch Shook of Vidalia, said, "The jury that was seated to try this case I believe was a jury that was able to put the emotion of just hearing the allegations behind them and objectively look at evidence and make a determination based on the evidence and what they heard in that courtroom and not on any preconceived notions they might have thought before they came in the courtroom.  The word verdict means speak the truth and I believe that's what happened here."

Shook also cautions, "The presumption of innocence is always there.  Unfortunately, when people hear these charges, they hear words like child molestation and the mere words themselves evoke people's emotions.  When people start thinking emotionally about the charges, it tends to cloud their judgement and ability to logically look at things and understand that the presumption of innocence is still there.  A lot of people who are charged with these type of offenses start behind the eight ball and that's not what the constitution says should happen."