A Cherokee County man convicted on one of two counts of child molestation has been granted a new trial.
Corey Seth Sligh, 30, was convicted by a Cherokee County jury on June 28 on one of two counts of child molestation. Sligh was scheduled to be sentenced on the conviction Tuesday, but instead Judge David L. Cannon Jr. granted a defense request to act as a "thirteenth juror," and set aside the verdict.
On Wednesday, Cannon entered an order granting a new trial. Cannon wrote in his order that he was ordering a new trial because the jury's verdict "was against the weight of the evidence."
Sligh, who was arrested in October 2016 in Cherokee County, was convicted on one count of molesting a child younger than 10 and found not guilty on the other count when the jury returned its verdict in June.
The molestation Sligh was convicted for occurred in March 2016 and was reported to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office detectives in September 2016 by the girl’s parents, according to investigators.
Sligh was charged with molestation in Florida a month after his arrest here, stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred in June and July of that year during a trip he took with his family.
According to the entertainment website, IMDb, Sligh starred in a web series called “All About Lizzie,” a 2012 comedy, and is credited as “creepy party goer No. 2” in the 2008 film “God is Dead.” He is also credited as an executive producer of the 2013 TV movie “Single Shelley,” though there is no information on if the film ever aired. According to TMZ and other entertainment news reports, Sligh appeared as an extra on the long-running CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”