Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.
The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault.
“You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”