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Youth mentor gets bond in molestation case

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

A youth mentor accused of child molestation was granted bond Tuesday in Clayton County Magistrate Court.

Adrian Zakaluzny, 63, appeared for a preliminary hearing on charges of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.

He has denied the accusations through his attorney.

Zakaluzny is charged with molesting a Butts County student at his Riverdale home. He had been a mentor in Butts County schools since March 2008.

"He's denying he's done anything inappropriate with any child," said Steven Lister, Zakaluzny's attorney.

Zakaluzny is now forbidden from being near people under 18, and he cannot contact his accuser, as part of conditions on his release from jail, Lister said.

Other conditions on Zakaluzny's release including turning over his passport to Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, and wearing a tracking bracelet, Lister said. Bond was set at $50,000.

The case has been bound over to Clayton County Superior Court. Zakaluzny was still in the Clayton County jail at 8 p.m., Tuesday night, according to officials at the jail. Lister said Zakaluzny's friends were working to get him released.

Zakaluzny has also served in the past as a mentor in Clayton County Public Schools, and the Griffin-Spalding County School System. He has not worked in Clayton County schools since 2002, according to district officials. Butts County school officials said he was an "approved volunteer" prior to his arrest.

Officials in the three school systems offered assistance to Clayton County police during their investigation.

District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson said her office agreed to the bond before the hearing took place. She declined to comment further on the case.