Suspended Worth Co. sheriff arrested on at least 66 counts of ea - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Suspended Worth Co. sheriff arrested on at least 66 counts of eavesdropping

Jeff Hobby (Source: Worth Co. Jail) Jeff Hobby (Source: Worth Co. Jail)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

Suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby has been arrested after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation over a possible illegal recording device.

According to a GBI spokesperson, Hobby turned himself in at the Worth County Jail around 5:40 p.m. Friday.

According to the Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, on February 26, the DA's office was notified of a possible recording device in the attorney-client interview room at the Worth County Jail.

Officials with the DA's office said Hobby is facing one count of violation of oath of office, and the GBI confirmed Hobby faces 66 counts of eavesdropping and surveillance which invades the privacy of another individual.

The GBI said that the arrest warrants cover acts that happened between July 13, 2017 and February 26, 2018.

A report from the DA's office says the device was installed at the direction of Hobby.

MORE ON JEFF HOBBY:
+Students speak out, parents file complaints against Worth Co. Sheriff's office
+$3 million settlement reached in Worth Co. search,
interim sheriff appointed
+Parents, community leaders react to Worth Co. Sheriff suspension

District Attorney Paul Bowden and Interim Sheriff Bobby Sapp took steps to ensure that no more interviews between clients and their attorneys were recorded until the system could be analyzed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.

Currently, the GBI has an ongoing investigation into the possible illegal recording of privileged attorney-client interviews.

The DA's office is taking steps to notify all attorneys whose clients' cases may possibly be affected by the ongoing investigation.

The GBI said that Hobby will be housed at the Lowndes County Jail pending his first appearance hearing before the Worth County Magistrate Judge on Monday, March 12.

A lawsuit was filed against the Worth County Sheriff's Office after a controversial search of students at Worth County High that claimed Hobby had a "target list" with 13 students suspected of having drugs.

Hobby was later arrested on new charges for influencing witnesses, obstructing law enforcement officers, and violation of oath of office.

Attorney Mark Brimberry explained Georgia Law explicitly prohibits a person recording a conversation in which he or she is not a party to. 

But it's obviously illegal to record a privileged conversation between an attorney and their client.

"That's wrong, it should not have happened. We're talking about a recording device which they know when they put it in there and they certainly turned it on they knew they were violating the law," said Brimberry. 

Attorney Brimberry said any case that was discussed in that attorney-client interview room at the Worth County Jail will now be very difficult to prosecute.

Below are the official charges filed against Hobby:

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Young woman asking for donations for mission trip to Colombia

    Young woman asking for donations for mission trip to Colombia

    Sunday, August 19 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-08-19 21:31:28 GMT
    A young woman with Albany ties is asking for donations for a mission trip to Colombia. (Source: WALB)A young woman with Albany ties is asking for donations for a mission trip to Colombia. (Source: WALB)

    A young woman with Albany ties is asking for the community's help her get to Columbia. 

    More >>

    A young woman with Albany ties is asking for the community's help her get to Columbia. 

    More >>
  • Lee Co sheriff's office hosts fundraiser for recovering investigator

    Lee Co sheriff's office hosts fundraiser for recovering investigator

    Sunday, August 19 2018 5:22 PM EDT2018-08-19 21:22:23 GMT
    The Lee County Sheriff's Office hosted a Bar-B-Que plate fundraiser to help one of their investigators, who is recovering from surgery. (Source: WALB)The Lee County Sheriff's Office hosted a Bar-B-Que plate fundraiser to help one of their investigators, who is recovering from surgery. (Source: WALB)
    The Lee County Sheriff's Office hosted a Bar-B-Que plate fundraiser to help one of their investigators, who is recovering from surgery. (Source: WALB)The Lee County Sheriff's Office hosted a Bar-B-Que plate fundraiser to help one of their investigators, who is recovering from surgery. (Source: WALB)

    The Lee County Sheriff's Office banned together Friday to help one of their investigators, who is recovering from surgery.  The department hosted a "bar-b-que plate" fundraiser to help with the medical expenses. Tiffany Vinson said she and her brother Matthew Pearce are like any other siblings.  "We rag each other pretty hard, but if I ever need him he is always there for me," said Vinson. "He is what I call my big baby brother." As his...

    More >>

    The Lee County Sheriff's Office banned together Friday to help one of their investigators, who is recovering from surgery.  The department hosted a "bar-b-que plate" fundraiser to help with the medical expenses. Tiffany Vinson said she and her brother Matthew Pearce are like any other siblings.  "We rag each other pretty hard, but if I ever need him he is always there for me," said Vinson. "He is what I call my big baby brother." As his...

    More >>
  • Sylvester police looking for suspects in Sunday shooting

    Sylvester police looking for suspects in Sunday shooting

    Sunday, August 19 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-08-19 21:08:20 GMT
    Officers responded to a shooting on North Madison Street in Sylvester. (Source: WALB)Officers responded to a shooting on North Madison Street in Sylvester. (Source: WALB)
    Officers responded to a shooting on North Madison Street in Sylvester. (Source: WALB)Officers responded to a shooting on North Madison Street in Sylvester. (Source: WALB)

    Sylvester police said two homes were shot at on North Madison Street just before  3 a.m. Sunday. The department posted to Facebook asking for citizens to help find the suspects.  Sylvester Police Department No injuries were reported.  Officers who responded to the scene said there were children inside the homes during the shooting.  We will continue to follow this story as it develops.  Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Sylvester police said two homes were shot at on North Madison Street just before  3 a.m. Sunday. The department posted to Facebook asking for citizens to help find the suspects.  Sylvester Police Department No injuries were reported.  Officers who responded to the scene said there were children inside the homes during the shooting.  We will continue to follow this story as it develops.  Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly