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Lawrenceville man charged with molestation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man now faces aggravated child molestation charges after he reportedly touched a 12-year-old neighbor who had been to his house "several times in the past month to play with kittens," police said.

According to a police report, 50-year-old Michael Henry Puckett of 124 Ledgewood Mill Way was with the young female neighbor on the evening of June 3.

The victim told her mother and police that Puckett touched her on top of her clothing and grabbed her by the hand, placing it on his crotch. According to the victim, Puckett apologized, saying "she excited him."

The victim told police she had been at Puckett's residence several times to play with kittens he had in his garage.

Puckett was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday and is being held in without bond.