ROCHESTER — A Rochester man was recently arrested after allegedly molesting a minor.
Thomas Gene Snider, 58, 317 E. 14th St., Rochester, is charged with child molesting, a level 1 felony; and child molesting, a level 4 felony.
On Sept. 18, a Rochester Police officer was contacted by Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs regarding information he obtained during a deposition on a separate case. According to court documents, Marrs said that while deposing a child as a victim in a different molesting case, the child said they had also been molested by Snider.
During an interview with officers, the child said they visited Snider between the months of June and August 2017. Due to the incident, the child said their school grades were noticeably worse the following school year. The officer obtained school grade transcripts for the child and noted that from 2016 to 2017, the child’s grades were mostly As and Bs. The following year, the child’s grades were mostly Cs.
In one of the visits, the child said that after drinking something they became unable to function normally and felt paralyzed. In that visit, Snider allegedly laid down next to the child and began removing the child’s clothing.
After some time, Snider inappropriately touched the child. Upon hearing someone coming out to the residence’s living room area, Snider dressed the child.
Following the incident, the child said they never spent the night there again.
Snider had an initial hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.