UPDATE 4-19-2011 11:25 pm
A former Franklin County Corrections officer walks out of court a free man after standing trial on molestation charges.
Since his arrest, 52-year-old Clyde Hamilton has maintained his innocence, and Tuesday a jury backed him up.
The jury deliberated for more than an hour before coming back with Hamilton's fate. And after hearing the verdict, he and his family could barely hold it together.
"We the jury find the defendant not guilty."
52-year-old Clyde Hamilton hung his head, in tears, as the verdict was read.
"As to count three, we the jury find Clyde Hamilton not guilty."
Hamilton has said all along that he is not a child molester. And on Tuesday, the jury agreed.
After the verdict, Hamilton's family walked out of the courtroom crying. Many of them, including Hamilton's wife and children, refused to believe charges brought against him.
"They were ridiculous in the first place, completely ridiculous," said Hamilton's son, Christopher Hamilton.
This whole ordeal began when Hamilton was arrested in August of 2010 after two underage family members claimed he had molested them over the course of six years.
The arrest papers from the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office say Hamilton was accused of several lewd acts, including pulling out his penis, and touching the alleged victims.
The allegations in the probable cause report are what put Hamilton behind bars, but they weren't enough to keep him there. And four and a half months later, he walked out of the jail doors a free man.
In fact, our cameras were the only ones rolling as Hamilton walked out of jail.
"Well, I was found not guilty and to me that's recovery. I have a strong family structure with many family members that support and we're going to move on," said Hamilton.
We attempted to speak with the prosecutor in the case, but our calls to the state attorney's office after the trial went unanswered.
UPDATE 4-19-2011 6:22 pm
A former Franklin County DOC employee is found not guilty on all counts of child molestation. WCTV is trying to get reaction on the decision.
Attorneys have already given their final closing arguments and now the jury is currently deliberating.
UPDATE 4-19-2011 Noon by Jerry Askin
A Former Franklin County Corrections Officer accused of sexually molesting two children at his home is on trial today.
Former Franklin county correctional officer Clyde Hamilton is in court right now, accused of molesting two family members. The two victims say the incidents happened at his Hamilton's home in Wakulla County over a span of five to six years. They say several times Hamilton masturbated in front of them and tried to touch their private part with his penis. After being questioned, Hamilton denied all allegations.
Both the state and the defense presented their opening arguments this morning and so far the father of the victims and the victims themselves have testified before the jury.
We'll have more on this story later on Eyewitness News.
UPDATE 4-19-2011 at 10:45am by Jerry Askin
One of the alleged victims is testifying now. Everyone was told to leave the courtroom (including media) while she testifies.
UPDATE 4-19-2011 at 10:30am by Jerry Askin
A former Franklin County Correctional Officer is on trial for child molestation.
We want to warn you, the details are very graphic.
The two victims say the incidents happened at Hamilton's home on Mose Strickland Road in Wakulla County. They say several times
Hamilton masturbated in front of them and tried to touch their private part with his penis. After being questioned, Hamilton denied all allegations.
He is being held at the Wakulla County Jail with no bond.
He worked with the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years and resigned in August 2010.
The state is presenting its witnesses now.
Stay with WCTV for updates.
UPDATE 12-21-2010 at 6:30pm by Jerry Askin
A former Franklin County Correctional Officer is in custody for child molestation.
The investigation began in August 2010, but reports show this sexual molestation has been going on for six years. And investigators say the former DOC employee, 55-year-old Clyde Hamilton of Crawfordville, is the one to blame.
Reports show the victims were underage. The victims say the events happened at Hamilton's home on Mose Strickland Road in Wakulla County.
They say several times Hamilton masturbated in front of them and tried to touch their private parts with his penis. Hamilton denied all the allegations and said the young girls were lying.
He later stated he had a tendency of touching himself in public. Hamilton's wife told investigators he became very depressed after he was questioned about these allegations.
Reports show she even found a suicide note from her husband. Hamilton is now being held at the Wakulla County Jail without bond.
We've learned that Hamilton resigned from the Franklin County Correctional Institute in August - it's not clear if he resigned because of the allegations.
Wakulla County resident Janet Anderson says, "It scares me that this is happening all over and you never know who is doing this to our children."
Janice Kennedy of Wakulla County says, "It's horrible to think that someone in this county - in Wakulla County or any county can do that to a young child."
He worked with the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.
A former Franklin County DOC employee is behind bars, charged with child molestation.
55-year-old Clyde Hamilton remains in the Wakulla County Jail with no bond. He's accused of molesting two family members for the past five to six years.
Hamilton was a Correctional Officer Lieutenant at the Franklin Correctional Institute for more than 20 years. He resigned from the Franklin County Correctional Institute on August 21st 2010.
Hamilton is charged with lascivious sexual offense and sexual assault.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on this story.