The opening statements in Tonya Craft trial concluded Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The three children will be the first to testify at 9 a.m. Wednesday. No spectators, except for the media and one guardian of each child, will be allowed in the courtroom during the their testimony.

Craft, a 37-year-old former Chickamauga Elementary School kindergarten teacher, is facing 22 counts: 12 counts of child molestation, six counts of aggravated sexual battery and six counts of aggravated child molestation.

Jury selection, which began Monday in Catoosa County Superior Court, was finished by lunch Tuesday, and opening arguments began after pre-trial hearings.

The entire trial is expected to take around two weeks.

Craft is accused of molesting three girls, ages 6-7 at the time of her arrest in June 2008. The case was investigated by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

In August 2008 Craft was fired from Chickamauga Elementary, where she taught kindergarten for three years.

Judge Brian House is presiding over the trial. Chris Arnt and Len Gregor are prosecutors.

Walker County Messenger