The case of Vincent T. Mendez III was bound over to Hall County District Court Tuesday by Hall County Judge John Rademacher.

Mendez, 39, waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Mendez is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who worked at a business he owns. Mendez is the owner of Personal Automotive, which is at 2404 W. Old Lincoln Highway.

Mendez is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and first-degree sexual assault. According to the affidavit, the victim is now 17.

Mendez’s attorney, James Wagoner, told a reporter Tuesday that his client is “innocent as hell.” The prosecutor in the case is Sarah Hinrichs.

Rademacher scheduled Mendez’s arraignment for 9 a.m. Jan. 14.

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