The case of a former Chickamauga Elementary kindergarten teacher accused of molesting three young girls went to the jury Monday afternoon after four weeks of testimony.

The fifth week of Tonya Craft’s trial started with both sides making their closing statements.

After the lunch break, the jury was charged and it started deliberating until dismissed for the day at 5 p.m. Jurors — consisting of seven men and five women — will continue deliberations Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Craft, 37, is facing 22 counts, including child molestation, sexual battery and aggravated child molestation.

The trial has riveted the region and even made national headlines with NBC’s “Today Show” airing a follow-up story Monday morning before court reconvened.

Rome News Tribune