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      Former teacher indicted for child molestation

      A former Dougherty County ~Teacher of the Year TM candidate was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on some serious charges.

      Phillip Burns is accused of enticing a child under the age of 16 to watch and perform sex acts, one of which includes sodomy.

      The incidents that involved two different victims allegedly occurred between May and October of 2012.

      Burns is believed to have taken one of the victims to an apartment to perform the acts.

      He faces multiple counts including aggravated child molestation, reckless conduct, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and criminal solicitation.

      Now that Burns has been indicted, he'll go before a judge for arraignment.

      The individual will be advised of the charges that have been returned by the grand jury and will have an opportunity to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Of course if he enters a not guilty plea the case will move forward in the trial process, said Greg Edwards, Dougherty County District Attorney.

      Edwards says the earliest this case could go to trial is the beginning of 2014.

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