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Dawson County man pleads guilty after allegedly touching toddler at Walmart
Walmart scare
Manuel Morales-Tzaj

A Dawsonville man has pleaded guilty to one charge after allegedly touching a toddler inappropriately at the Walmart on Power Center Drive in November.

During a July 29 calendar call, Manuel Morales-Tzaj, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor simple battery. 

He was sentenced to one year with the first four days to be in confinement and the rest of the time to be served on probation. 

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Morales-Tzaj the evening of Nov. 13, 2021, following an incident at the Dawsonville Walmart. 

Morales-Tzaj’s warrant and indictment allege that sometime between 7-8 p.m. that night, he touched the female child on her head, arm and back while she was standing up in a grocery cart. 

The incident was immediately reported, and a DCSO deputy responded to the supermarket at about 7:30 p.m., according to the warrant. Morales-Tzaj was arrested around 9 p.m.

The warrant was issued for Morales-Tzaj on Nov. 15 and two days later, he was released from DCSO custody on a $5,700 bond.

The victim’s father previously posted to the “Focus on Dawson” Facebook group thanking the sheriff’s office, Walmart’s security and a witness for their “fast response and investigation.”