Former Georgia Kindergarten Teacher Acquitted on Molestation Charges

ATLANTA -- A former kindergarten teacher has been acquitted on charges she molested three young girls.

The Catoosa County Superior Court jury came back with its verdict Tuesday afternoon after nearly two days of deliberation in the trial of 37-year-old Tonya Craft. The former Chickamauga Elementary School teacher faced 22 charges of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation.

Since her arrest in May 2008, Craft has been fired from her job, lost custody of her daughter, lost her home and moved with her husband to Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., about 30 miles north of where she was on trial in Ringgold.

The verdict was met with cheers from supporters outside the courtroom.