Plea deal for man accused of molesting young relative

Family asked prosecutors resolve case with her having to testify

RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – A Catoosa County man has been convicted of incest and child molestation.

42 year old Jeffery Lee Zelko pleaded guilty to molesting a young female relative.

He will get a 15 year prison term plus 25 years on sex offender probation.

Prosecutors say the family supported the plea deal so the victim would not have to appear in court.

In a statement, District Attorney Arnt said “The victim and her family asked us to try and resolve the case without her having to testify and relive her abuse and the trauma that she was put through.”

“We were able to hold this child molester accountable with this plea agreement which removes him from society for the next decade and a half and keeps strict control of him for another quarter century after he is released from prison.”

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