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’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 warrants had not yet been issued for the arrest of the sheriff and his deputies, but he expected that as early as Thursday. He 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.
See reaction from a student’s parent and details about the indictment on myAJC.com