UPDATE: Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman confirmed on June 28, 2016 that an indictment has been issued against former Walton County School educator Bill George on nine counts of sexual molestation. Chapman said a grand jury handed down the indictment either Friday or Monday of this week.
“We got an extra four counts against him and we’re looking into the possibility of more victims,” Chapman said, adding that deputies are in the process of arresting George.
Full details to follow.
UPDATE: On Sept. 22, attorney Eric Crawford of Crawford and Boyle, LLC confirmed that he has been retained by William “Bill” George to represent him against the charges of molestation that have been made. Crawford said he doesn’t expect a hearing any time soon as it will take a while for cell phone and computer forensic results to come back before it is presented to the grand jury. Crawford went on to say that George is “very much saddened” by the allegations, especially after spending 30 years in the field of education.
“The purported victim, by all accounts, was a troubled youth, being removed from public schools multiple times, and made allegations that did not involve any type of sex; without any physical or forensic evidence to corroborate the allegations, deputies make an arrest,” Crawford said. “This is the type of allegation that terrifies anyone who dedicates their life to working with and helping children, whether as a teacher, administrator, pastor, mentor, or daycare worker. In a social media driven society, the allegations are quickly spread far and wide with everyone offering a comment, but when the same accused individuals go to court to clear their good name and restore their reputation, social media is abuzz about the next story. Nonetheless, Bill looks forward to his day in court.”
Original story – Sept. 20
Following Friday’s arrest on allegations of child molestation, retired Walton County Public School educator and a children and student ministries director at Orchard Church, William “Bill” George, has resigned from his position with the church.
In a letter sent to Orchard Church members, lead pastor Stephen Waters wrote, in part, “At The Orchard, we take the safety and security of our children very seriously. In response to the situation, Bill has resigned his position. I know many of you have questions. However, to protect the rights of all involved, specific details will not be shared, but please know that I am here to address concerns that may be raised or to help anyone process through this.”
Walters went on in his letter to ask church members to unite and pray for all involved. “In this situation, there are so many that are in pain. I would ask that we remember that our call as followers of Jesus is to model actions of love and mercy, not gossip and slander. While we honor the legal process and abide by consequences, I would ask that we all unite to pray for all those involved. We believe in a healing God, and let us all pray for healing and guidance in these days,” he wrote.
George was arrested on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, after the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of alleged molestation that was investigated and reportedly found it to be credible. He was released later the same day on $20,000 bond. Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said that computers have been removed from the home and the investigation is ongoing.
George retired four years ago after serving as an educator in the WCPS system for 16 years, many as a principal or assistant principal in local schools, including Loganville Middle School, Atha Road Elementary School and Monroe Area High School. Chapman said the arrest was not linked to any of George’s time at WCPS. George also served as a Loganville City Council member for four years during the early 1990’s, according to Loganville city officials.
Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.