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Snellville man remains in jail on molestation charge
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SNELLVILLE - A Snellville man remains in jail following an early August incident in which he is accused of exposing himself to a child in a drunken tirade.

Jim Eldred Tuggle, 48, was arrested Aug. 8 on charges of child molestation and simple battery, a misdemeanor. He remains in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond because the arrest violated probation set after an unrelated incident.

Records obtained by the Daily Post indicate Tuggle was employed as a senior manager of customer service operations at Hitachi Power Tools in Norcross.

A Hitachi representative could not comment this week on Tuggle's employment with the company.

Tuggle could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of child molestation, according to Georgia law.

But Tuggle will likely wait in jail for months before he even sees the inside of a courtroom.

A court date in Tuggle's case might not be scheduled for up to eight months, according to a Gwinnett County district attorney's office representative.

A Gwinnett police report from Aug. 8 said Tuggle had drank a bottle of Seagram's Gin before he turned abusive.

Tuggle held down the victim and exposed himself, according to the report.

The report said Tuggle admitted to officers that he had exposed himself and "desired to molest" the young victim.

Tuggle "went as far as demonstrating ... what he had done by pulling down his pants" in front of responding officers on scene, the report said.