Can I sue for slander if I was in jail for aggravated assault but someone is spreading the rumor that it was for child molestation? 

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I was in custody (non-bondable) for 5 months pending an aggravated assault trial. The case against me was fully dismissed before the trial. Since my release I have had at least 5 people (who just happen to be friends of mine) tell me that this person was/is saying the reason I was in jail is because of sex with minors/rape/underage molestation. Absolutely untrue. I am 25, I have a very social, active, professional life and my reputation is very important to me. I even had to correct a friend's girlfriend 2 days ago because she thought it was true. What options do I have here? Punitive damages? Important Notice