Teacher Acquitted of Child Molestation Charges Speaks to INSIDE EDITION
In 2010 Tonya Craft was accused of molesting three girls in her Georgia classroom. She was found not guilty and two years later, she speaks with INSIDE EDITION to discuss her life today.
Tonya Craft became known across America as the kindergarten teacher accused of molesting three little girls.
"I did not do anything to these children," Craft said in a Georgia courtroom.
Craft took the stand in a Georgia courtroom defending her honor. The claims were shocking – Craft's own daughter and two other girls claimed that she touched them inappropriately.
Craft was charged with 22 counts of child molestation and sexual battery. The disturbing charges divided Craft's small town of Chickamauga.
After she was found not-guilty, choruses of cheers were heard outside the courthouse.
But as Craft's supporters celebrated, there were others who still continued to question Craft's innocence.
Sandra Lamb's daughter, who is also a child actress, was one of the three girls who accused Craft of molestation.
"Just because a jury doesn't convict her doesn't mean she's not guilty," said Lamb.
It's been two years since that epic courtroom battle, and, it turns out, Craft is still haunted by the experience.
INSIDE EDITION sat down with her for an exclusive interview.
"One of the consistent things in every single one of these children was, ‘My mama told me, my mama told me,' and, ‘My daddy told me.' And that alone showed very strong parental influences," said Craft.
Craft's family became torn apart by the drama. She could not see her two children for two years.
"It took my daughter a while to tell me she loved me," said Craft.
Craft said, "Every time I hear ‘Mommy' and we walk up here and pray together and I hear ‘I love you,' as I walk out the room. It makes me know that the fight that I fought was worth every single second."
But the court case has destroyed any chances of a career as a teacher.
"I'm unhirable, I can't be in the classroom at this point," said Craft.
She's now hoping to one day enter law school. She wants to fight injustice and defend those falsely accused.
"I would have sat in a cell for the rest of my life before I would ever say I did something that I did not do," said Craft.
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