A Georgia sheriff whose deputies allegedly groped nearly 1,000 students while conducting a drug search at a school in April has been suspended. The southern state’s governor, Nathan Deal, signed an executive order, which was announced on Monday. The order stated that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s administration would be negatively affected by charges against Hobby. According to WFXL, the suspension went into effect immediately. It will last until the final disposition of the case or until Hobby’s office term expires.
Hobby currently faces charges of violation of oath by a public officer, two counts of false imprisonment and one count of sexual battery, according to NBC affiliate WALB. Hobby and several deputies from his department were indicted charges by a grand jury last month. The sheriff’s lawyer, Raleigh Rollins, has not commented on the charges which came after a federal lawsuit accused his administration of conducting