A Georgia grand jury indicted Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Tuesday for sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of oath of office after he ordered a school-wide search of hundreds of high school students. Two of Hobby’s deputies were also indicted Tuesday in connection with the case which led to no drugs being found
Deputies allegedly touched girls vaginas and breasts and groped boys in their groin area during the search at the Worth County High School April 14, according to Rare.
The body searches of students were allegedly a drug search, but the whole fiasco produced no drugs or arrests.
The Worth County indictment accuses Hobby of one count of violating his oath of office and two counts of false imprisonment — all felonies charges. He was also indicted on a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
Hobby’s attorney Norman Crowe Jr. said the sheriff was at the school but did not search students. He said jurors at trial will get to hear the sheriff’s side of the story.
The Sheriff claims he is not guilty, even though there are hundreds of witnesses that say otherwise.
“The sheriff’s position is that he’s not guilty,” Crowe said. “He’s committed no crime.”
Deputy Tyler Turner was indicted on one felony count of violation of his oath of office and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. Deputy Deidra Whiddon was indicted for one felony count of violation of her oath of office.
District Attorney Paul Bowden said he is preparing a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal to outline the charges against the sheriff. Deal has authority to suspend the sheriff as he did recently with DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann and Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman.
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(Article By Jeremiah Jones)